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Samuel L. Jackson: 'Acting is my life'

Published 11/12/2015

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson understood he would be chased by people when he joined the Star Wars franchise as a Jedi.

Samuel L. Jackson never has and never will wait on tables, as he's always been determined to act.

The 66-year-old star has countless film credits to his name, including the iconic Pulp Fiction and Marvel films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron. While many performers succumb to everyday jobs in order to pay their way, Samuel is proud he always stuck to his guns.

"Once you settle and you start doing something else to augment what you want to do, you end up doing that settle thing. So that was never an option for me," he explained to Interview magazine. "I built sets, I hung lights, I did all kinds of stuff to stay in a theatrical situation so when my audition time came, nobody was asking me, 'Well, who's going to wait my tables?' I never did any of that. I was always in the theatre - I might have been backstage or up in the rafters somewhere, but I was there. Somebody would say, 'Good luck,' not, 'When are you going to be back?'"

Samuel was talking to Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie for the publication and the pair touched upon her role as Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars movie. Samuel starred as Jedi Mace Windu in the three prequel movies and noticed a huge soar in his career upon joining the sci-fi franchise.

"Oh yeah, totally," he replied to Gwendoline when she asked if people reacted differently to him. "I'm a Jedi, first of all, and I'm the second highest Jedi in the world next to Yoda. You reach a whole 'nother level of fan craziness and worship. If you are a Jedi, just understand something: people are going to be chasing you."

"Wow," Gwendoline responded. "What I can tell you is that I am a member of the dark side."

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits cinemas later this month (Dec15).

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