Samuel L. Jackson’s Playboy Interview Is Amazing

September 25th, 2013 // 55 Comments
Samuel L. Jackson wearing a red, white, and blue bucket hat.

Samuel L. Jackson has a new interview in the October issue of Playboy, and it is a goddamn breath of fresh air after the whining, tone-deaf bullshit coming out of Kanye West and Chris Brown‘s mouths. I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but if you’re strapped for time, here are some highlights on the Django Unchained controversy, Obama, women, and how sometimes a motherfucker just wants to eat his sandwiches.

On people complaining about the use of “nigger” in Django Unchained:

These 20-year-olds and others are always talking about “Where’s my 40 acres and a mule? Where are my reparations?” Well, you wanna act like the government owes us reparations, we gotta show what they owe us for. Here it is, right here onscreen. These stories must be told. Yet they still want to turn around and go, “Fuck Quentin Tarantino, he don’t know shit about it,” but if Spike, the Hughes brothers or Carl Franklin had done it, it would have been right? Look, Quentin has this master storytelling ability, and a lot of criticism from a lot of people is straight bullshit jealousy because they can’t do it themselves.

On when he first started noticing the opposite sex:

I was always noticing girls. As a kid, I spent summers on my grandfather’s sister’s farm down in Georgia, with her cows, chickens and all her kids and me running up and down dirt roads, feeling all that freedom. I saw things fucking from the time I was three, four years old.

And almost immediately got to work:

In Georgia there was a family of girls who lived through the woods from us, and we all used to meet at this creek and swim naked. I was about 10 or 11. I think two of the girls were about 14, 15, so that’s when it happened. Girls were interesting to me, period. They could be fat, skinny, tall, short, ugly, beautiful—as long as they were willing to do that thing.

On Obama dropping his g’s to appeal to Joe Six-Pack:

First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to “relate.” Be a leader. Be fucking presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I fucking conjugate.

On expecting Hillary Clinton to be the one to put her balls on the table:

He got a little heated about the kids getting killed in Newtown and about the gun law. He’s still a safe dude. But with those Republicans, we’re now in a situation where even if he said, “I want to give you motherfuckers a raise,” they’d go, “Fuck you! We don’t want a raise!” I don’t know how we fix this bullshit. How do we fix the fact that politicians aren’t trying to serve the people, they’re just trying to serve their party and their closed ideals? How do we find a way to say, “You motherfuckers are fired because you’re not doing shit about taking care of the country”? If Hillary Clinton decides to run, she’s going to kick their fucking asses, and those motherfuckers would rather see the country go down in flames than let the times change. But as I tell my daughter, there was a time we would be in the streets about this shit.

Provided those streets don’t involve Occupy Wall Street because he will straight make fun of your ass:

She understands our backgrounds as revolutionaries and about being in the street because I put her out there. She’s done some protesting, even though I laughed at her when she went down to Occupy Wall Street because she and Anne Hathaway are good friends. I went, “Wait, you went to Occupy Wall Street—with Annie Hathaway?”

On his absent father dying shortly after he met him and told him to fuck off:

He was an alcoholic with cirrhosis and all that other shit. They had called me from the hospital: “Mr. Jackson, your father’s ­really ill now. If we have to take drastic measures, do you want us to keep him alive?” I said, “Are you calling to ask if I want you to put him on life support, or are you calling to see if I’m going to be responsible for his medical bill?” They’re like, “Well….” I said, “He’s got a sister in Kansas City—you should call her.” Click. [laughs] It’s done.

On how he should be in Star Wars: Episode VII:

They should figure out a way to bring my ass back from wherever I went when I fell out that window, because you know a Jedi can fall from incredible heights and not die. I’d just come back with a fake hand like Darth Vader and my purple lightsaber.

And why he’ll never direct:

I don’t have that directing thing. I don’t want to be out there setting up shots all day. I like to act. I read the script and sign the contract. I like hanging out in my trailer watching Judge Judy and eating sandwiches.

Ladies and gentlemen, Samuel L. Jackson.

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  1. BlinkyTheFish


  2. pulpfictionfan

    bamf on the screen, bamf irl

  3. KandthenOandthenZ

    Great way to start my day…cheers! (with my coffee)

  4. piper

    Somehow I feel that “I fucking conjugate” will now be added into my daily vocabulary.

  5. Jay

    Proof as to why he is one of the hardest working and successful/well known people in hollywood

  6. Urbanspaceman

    You gotta love this guy. He’s the real thing.

  7. Deacon Jones

    He’s definitely right about the politics….fitting reading this as Senator Cruz is going on 20 hours(?) of reading “Green Eggs and Ham”. One of the biggest pompous assholes Ive seen in a long time in politics.

    • Remember when we used to have a representative govt. instead of petty assholes who will gleefully drive the country off a cliff to prove that they can?

      • They’re like a bunch of spoiled 5 year olds

      • That’s an insult to spoiled 5 year olds.

      • Agreed. The six year old at my house knows more about compromise and working together than these butthorns.

      • jamman

        Wat in hell are u talking about, you moron. The Health theft Law was passed in the middle of a recession when the American public didn’t want it and not one Republican voted for it. The Democrats had sixty votes in the senate and actually said, ‘to hell with the well-being of this country, we can finally pass this anti-American socialist garbage down their throats and they can’t stop us. And we’ve been stuck in the democratic party caused stagnation and debt and underemployment for five years because of it. Compromise, ma ‘azz. bitch.

      • Holy Moly! What a lot of hoo-ey in these comments: of course, not all of them, but the right-wing is obviously out and about defending the 5%: “of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich” is neither thinking nor is it the civilization that most people want: we want economic and social justice: we want equality and equal opportunity: we want reverence and stewardship for this planet: yes, and we do believe that we are all worthy of health care. The right-wing has nothing: no historical imperative, no vision of possibilities: nothing but hate and division: go ahead, worship your dollar: nothing is there, no one is home…

      • Juan Valdez

        Its so much fun watching liberals commenting on politics without a clue. Apparently the only representative government allowed is socialists like Obama who like borrowing money from the federal reserve and asia so they can make us buy more expensive healthcare. I guess the only representative government allowed is whatever socialists want and screw everyone else. You can always count on Thesuperficial readers for the most in depth analysis!

      • Oh shut the fuck up, you putz! I’ve voted libertarian for the last 8 years so cram that “liberal” shit up your ass. Right now in Washington D.C., there are two groups of fucktarded shitheels who give absolutely zero fucks about anything but making sure the other group looks foolish. They pull the same dirty tricks on each other and then take turns acting incensed about it.

        It’s fucking political theater. Each party gets to blame the other for nothing getting done, they both get to be right, and idiots like you on both sides keep putting them back in office. If you can’t see that Juan, then you’re being willfully dense.

      • Juan Valdez

        You’re not a liberal because you voted libertarian? “I’m not racist, I have a black friend!”

        Proof you’re a liberal 1) You attack people with vulgarity 2) You think that you need to be angry and swear to get people to listen to you 3) You define progress in Washington with compromise and passing bills which also leads to proof # 4) you know nothing about American government, since no branch (or party within a branch) has to cooperate with the others, pass bills “just to get along” etc and 5) you think today’s political theater is something “new” which means that you don’t know anything about American history (or political history for that matter). All government involves political theater, even in a dictatorship.

        I know they all lack your sophistication because they don’t call people “fucktarded shitheels” who “give absolutely zero fucks about anything”, but if you were really libertarian you would love gridlock. Because when there’s gridlock, they aren’t passing bills further restricting human liberty (which both parties enjoy doing).

        Sorry Captain Fantastic, you’ve been outed.

      • I see you’re choosing willfully dense. I don’t blame you; it’s easier than thinking and you get to be undeservedly condescending.

      • Juan Valdez

        Of course Captain, you didn’t address anything I said because you can’t. I’m condescending because I’m smarter than you.

      • It sounds like you’re learning a lot in your sophomore Poli-Sci class, and that’s great. When you’ve gone out and lived some real life among real people with real bills and real problems, you might make a point or two worth addressing.

      • Juan Valdez’s “Proof You’re a Liberal”:

        1) You attack people with vulgarity. Oh, so we’re not going with dictionary definitions of “liberal” here. But yeah, no conservative or anyone else attacks people with vulgarity ever. Like that time Rush Limbaugh DIDN’T call that woman a slut because she took birth control pills.

        2) You think that you need to be angry and swear to get people to listen to you. Congratulations, you just described Fox News and all of conservative talk radio.

        3) You define progress in Washington with compromise and passing bills. I’m not sure that compromise is necessarily a liberal attribute, but I’ll keep your comment in mind the next time someone (falsely) accuses liberals of having rammed through legislation without even the barest attempt at trying for a bipartisan agreement—which, oh look, someone just did earlier in this thread. As for the passing bills part, yes. On this one, you’re right. When the economy is in the toilet—thanks to a conservative Republican administration, let’s not forget—the liberal thing is to do something, like pass legislation to make things better. Are you saying that during a recession/depression, the conservative thing is to do nothing and just wait and see if things just get better on their own, letting people go hungry and jobless in the meantime? Interesting political strategy, good luck with that.

        4) You know nothing about American government. Ahahahaha. “If you knew anything about anything, you would agree with my side. The fact that you disagree with me tells me that you don’t know anything. My side’s opinion on matters is the only one that’s the objective truth.”

        5) You think today’s political theater is something “new.” I know a little something about American political history, so tell me when were all the other times that one side didn’t win the presidency or the Senate and received fewer total votes in the House but held on to a majority mostly because of computer-mapped gerrymandering—tell me when one side got totally outvoted yet used their basically rigged majority in just one house to insist that their side’s stance on national issues should rule the day, and that the public still didn’t really want the one major policy that was practically the referendum for the presidential election that side just lost, and kept holding meaningless votes to repeal said policy, and that side—a side, I should add, objectively analyzed to be the most extreme in history (relative to the body politic as a whole)—went on to tell their constituents that they were seriously considering impeachment proceedings against the president without even giving any thought to coming up with an impeachable charge, were literally and almost admittedly using impeachment to undo the results of the national election they just lost—––

        Please. Tell me when all that, all together, previously happened in America.

      • Thanks Tom. Juan was saying I wasn’t responding to what he said, but I couldn’t figure out what was worth responding to. It all was basically “You don’t agree with me, so you must be ignorant.” How do you respond to that kind of bullshit? I couldn’t figure out how to type in a dismissive wanking motion.

      • Urbanspaceman

        Juan doesn’t know the difference between liberal and libertarian and expects to be taken seriously.

    • Juan Valdez

      Yes he’s sooooooo right (cue swooning). The only views allowed are Samuel Jacksons, a man so stupid that he thinks he deserves reparations. Earth to Samuel L: 1) 600,000 evil white folk died to free your ancestors. 2) The vast majority of current evil white folk don’t descend from the people who enslaved you, and don’t owe you anything. 3) Blacks owned slaves 4) Blacks in Africa enslaved you, THEN sold you to the evil white man. Conclusion to those with a clue about history? We don’t owe you $hit.

      And I’m sorry it upsets you liberals so much that other people get a say in government, like the 60+ % of people who don’t like obama care. Those same people who put in a majority house. Damn, having a republic sucks doesn’t it! Cuz we all know the socialists never blocked, filibustered, voted down any of evil Bush’s policies/appointees/etc. Damn facts suck.

  8. My turn-ons include: long walks on the beach, moonlit picnics under the stars, poetry, flower petals and Samuel L. M**herf*ckin Jackson.

  9. JC

    “I fucking conjugate.”

    I’m going to try to use that in conversation. Often. Especially when I talk about them leather jogging pants.

  10. Put THIS guy in the White House! Imagine him talking to Putin, or dealing with those goddamned Republicunts who spend all their time just blocking every initiative that comes up. he would take those motherf*ckers to task.

  11. The man is a national treasure….

  12. What a total fucking badass !

  13. He’s the fucking man!

  14. Trek Girl

    It’s nice to read an interview from someone who isn’t full of crap.

  15. @nerdslashgeek

    Here’s how you know he has no clue about anything: he thinks any part of Episodes I, II, and III should be brought back.

  16. EricLR

    When he dies, they should freeze him and put him in Ft. Knox–so that one day, when medical science progresses, he can be thawed, resuscitated, and tell some future motherfuckers HOW IT IS!!

  17. Whatevs

    I fucking love this man. (runs out to buy latest copy of Playboy)

  18. Margaret

    SO boring. If I never see Samuel Jackson ever again in a movie it would be fine. The same tired sleep walking crap day in and out. He’s been in more movies than anyone else and might be the wealthiest actor and for what? Bullshitting. Congrats. You suck.

    • Madam that’s like your opinion ok and cool,but Micheal Cain once stated”Yes I have done a lot of wanker and shitty films but that’s so I can actually then be able to do films I actually enjoy ?” (Cockney accent)

      • Margaret

        its not the movies by themselves, it is the irritating one dimensionality of his being, and the shittitude of his acting ability and the sheer dullness of his on-screen garbagitude. he was fun for a bit, a novelty after and now a tired cartoon. and Tarantino is a tired old bullshit artist who apes what he thinks is cool about better directors but with no conviction. the pair make a double dog doodie sandwich.

      • “I once starred inna piece o’ shit that was the soize of a tan-jah-reen.” – Michael Caine

  19. Jenn

    I fucking conjugate is the best thing I’ve read all year. Sam Jackson is awesome.

  20. anonym

    Keep it real and don’t give a fuck, unlike all the other pretentious bastards out there.

    Judge Judy and sandwiches. That’s the life.

  21. Bob N.

    Another rich liberal cursing about the republicans. Good actor but not any better then the hundreds of script readers that came (and went) already.
    So 50 percent of the country is wrong because they disagree with the other 50 percent? This actor like all actors is a left wing, liberal a h0le. Easy to “speak the troof” when you don’t have to worry about money anymore, right Samuel?

  22. LLBL

    Mmmhmm. This IS a tasty burger.

  23. Gremmy G

    Hilary Clinton is a liar. Just another politician that doesn’t give a fuck about this country. For some reason she gets lauded all the time, despite her corruption and hypocrisy.

  24. He might be a little to hyped about Hilary Clinton, but I still respect his passions and articulation. In fact Sam Jackson is a mofo legend.

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