Samuel L. Jackson is one of the heroes of lowbrowculture, for the simple reason that he’s not too proud to take an awful job to pay some bills, or simply because he likes the sound of it.
In the next couple of years, he’s got two movies coming out that have grabbed my attention. The first is “Afrosamurai”, which tells the story of a Samurai who “seeks revenge on those who murdered hiss father in front of him when he was just a boy.” The other is “Pacific Air Flight 121.” Don’t let the dull title scare you off, it’s soon to be changed back to its much more impressive title of “Snakes on a Plane.” The plot outline reads “On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who’s a witness in protective custody, let loose a crate full of deadly snakes.”
Beaks: One of those films that youâ€™re working on right now is… well, itâ€™s called “Pacific Air 121“â€”
Jackson: Snakes on a Plane, man!
Jackson: Weâ€™re totally changing that back. Thatâ€™s the only reason I took the job: I read the title.
Beaks: Snakes on a Plane! Thatâ€™s everything!
Jackson: You either want to see that, or you donâ€™t.
Beaks: And how are those snakes? Besides being on a plane?
Jackson: Some of them are aggressive, some of them are cool. Theyâ€™re interesting to watch, and interesting to interact with. It depends on what kind of snake it is. One day, it took, like, four guys to bring in this 350 lb. Burmese Python. We were all like, â€œWhereâ€™s that goinâ€™?â€ And I watched an Albino Cobra strike airplane seats the other day. I watched it from another studio. Itâ€™s actually been a fun show. But weâ€™re taking the name back!
Samuel L. Jackson, we salute you.