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Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 3:26 min

You know Samuel L. Jackson from iconic films like Pulp Fiction and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Now he’s your acting teacher. Sam shares his goals for his MasterClass, as well as his mindset toward acting: it’s an adventure.

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I read incessantly. When I'm reading a book, I'm one of those characters in that book. So I'm sitting there acting the same way when I read a script. We just put ourselves in those situations, and you live those situations. Because that's what we do. The truth is you're the weak. I spent a third of my life in a hospital bed with nothing else to do but read. If I don't hear a confession from one of you motherfuckers quick, fast, and in a hurry-- I didn't have nothing against them boys till they missed with my baby. You like spy movies? Never use no in a hostage situation. Zeus, as in father of Apollo. [MUSIC PLAYING] I wanted to reach this master class so people could understand what I do and why I do it. If I could get up every day and go somewhere and act, I'd be the happiest person in the world. Writers get up and write. Painters get up and paint. Why can't I get up and go act? Because somebody has got to hire you to do it. So when people start talking about why you do this kind of thing, why you do that kind of thing-- I love movies. I love movies that are dark, and I love movies that are deep. And they have their purpose. But essentially, we're entertainers. We entertain people. We're supposed to distract them from their daily lives in a way that allows them to escape whatever pressures or things they have on them, and live in this moment with us for a while, and experience it in a safe environment, and leave there and be energized by it, and talk about it, and love it. I don't look at acting as specifically a challenge, but more of an adventure to delve into, to grasp different things about a character, to find my way in a story. I don't find that difficult. That's always a joy and a great period of exploration and freedom. A movie set is one of my favorite places to be in the world. I love getting up and to my job. Hopefully there's something to be learned, gleaned, or experienced while I'm doing it. And sometimes, it's just fun. I'm Samuel L. Jackson, and this is my master class. Hey. I'm Samuel L. Jackson. Welcome to my master class, motherfuckers. You want to be a motherfucking better actor? Take my motherfucking class. When you're finished with this class, you're going to be an acting motherfucker. I'm Samuel L. Jackson, and this is my motherfucking master class.


Get into Character

As a kid, Samuel L. Jackson stuttered so badly that he stopped talking for almost a year. Today he’s one of the world’s most successful actors, with roles in over 100 films, including Pulp Fiction and The Avengers. In his online acting class, the Oscar-nominated star shares how he creates memorable characters, powerful performances, and a long-lasting career. Learn to master auditions, analyze scripts, and find the truth in every role you play.



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Confidence, making the audience feel just as comfortable and digging deep into your character. Thank you Samuel Jackson.

As a screenwriter/filmmaker it gave an insight to the actors perspective on the industry,

Samuel L. Jacksons course was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed not only his insights and guidance but I loved the student-teacher lessons.

Sam is an amazing guy, but the class spent too much time showing us the guys trying different roles. I'd appreciated hearing more about how Sam breaks down the characters, for example.


Comments

Kerry M.

Mr. Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors. Love how he is so down to earth. I am really enjoying his Master class. So excited to learn more.

Marcia H.

I truly have enjoyed watching Mr. Jackson over the years from Spike Lee's movies to Shaft. His characters are always full of energy and life! He's just very fun to watch! This is a great opportunity to learn from a Master. I'm excited and open.

James B.

Uplifting and reaffirming....learned something new from beginning to the end - Thank you!

Oscar S.

I have been thinking to change my career or at least do something which I love, Someone said to do something that you love and you will not work anymore, and I thought that to be an actor could be the easy way to get in, for someone who does not know cinema at all (behind cameras), I changed my thought, I saw the students and the amazing job they did in the masterclass, that is a hard job. I must work on my shyness.

Nelson B.

Samuel has a vast insights/strategies in sharing from his amazing experiences, I'm definitely going to learn a lot more. I'm happy to learning new distinctions. I can't wait to master and NLP model his distinctions. I am shocked at the great value Masterclass has provided for everyone. After watching this first video for me, I hope we get a chance to practice what we've learned after this pandemic on a movie set together? One may imagine endless/limitless possibilities from his teachings. Wow! Extraordinary training!

genie

I viewed the over of all lessons. Mr. Jacksons philosophy to life and acting will help anyone on their life journey. I'm excited about diving into taking his lessons.

Teresa B.

I just watched Changing Lanes. I don't know if you read these comments.....but wow, your performance was powerful....riveting.....

Taylor B.

I never wanted to be called a mother fucker so bad in my life!!! lol I'm ready.

A fellow student

We are about to learn some real stuff from one of the realist actors out there.

A fellow student

This video solidly prepares you to dive in deep into the world of acting. I love how Samuel L. Jackson shares with us his passion for acting and why he does what he does. The ending of the introduction is hilarious and definitely classic Samuel L. Jackson!