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Saturday 23 August 2014

Samuel L. Jackson: I want to leave my mark

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson has spoken about his desire to lead a life that “makes the world a better place” for future generations.

The 64-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor is lauded for his craft and is also an extremely philanthropic individual.

His service work with charitable organisations such as Save the Children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been of advantage to a number of communities.

Samuel was very clear on his vision for his contribution to the world in response to British newspaper The Independent’s question “What’s the point?”

“To live a life that is impactful, leaves a mark and hopefully makes the world a better place for the people that are coming behind you,” he said.

Samuel has described his existence in six words as follows: “It's been a life well lived.”

The thespian has always looked to his roots for inspiration, as he admires the rigours his relatives put up with in a deeply racist America.

“My mother and grandmother were like those people in The Help, they worked in other people's houses and raised their children. My grandfather was an elevator operator in a hotel. They inspired me to get up and go to work every day. They were loving, stern and God-fearing,” he recalled.

Samuel has always had a creative mind.

From a very early age he has wanted to pursue a number of adventures.

“[When I was a child I wanted to be] the black Jacques Cousteau,” Samuel shared.

“I wanted to spend my life in a submarine underwater looking at the strange and wonderful things that were down there.

“The first novel I read as a child was Treasure Island. That made me want to be adventurous and see the world and I've been trying to do that ever since.”

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