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Student Session: Breaking Down a Script - Part 2

Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 16:43 min

Get inside Jules’s head as Sam breaks down the Ezekiel passage and walks the students through the different ways the character could perform the scene.

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OK. Action. Show What is it? (ANXIOUSLY) Let him go! Let him go-- fucking go, or I'm going to fucking shoot you! Tell that bitch, be cool. Be cool, honey. I'm going-- Say bitch, be cool! --to fucking kill you! It's all right, honey. Be cool, baby. Let him go. Be cool. Now tell her everything's OK. Everything's going to be all right, honey. Promise her. I promise, baby. Now tell her to chill. Just chill, baby. You're going to be cool. What's her name? Yolanda. Yolanda, we cool, right? You ain't going to do anything stupid now, are we? Don't you hurt him. Ain't nobody going going to hurt nobody. OK? We're going to be like three Fonzies up in here. You know what Fonzie is like, right? Come on, Yolanda! Do you know what Fonzie's like? He's-- he's cool. Correct-a-fucking-mundo. We going to be cool. Now, Ringo, I'm going to count to three. And I want you to let go of this gun and lay your palms flat on this table. But when you do it, you do it cool. You ready? 1, 2, 3. You let him go! Yolanda, I thought you said you were going to be cool. Because when you yell at me, it makes me nervous. And when I'm nervous, I get scared. And when motherfuckers get scared, that's when motherfuckers accidentally get shot. Just know you hurt him, you die. That seems to be the situation now, doesn't it? And I don't want that, you don't want that, and Ringo here don't want that. So here's the situation. Normally your asses would be dead like fucking fried chicken. But you happen to be pulling this shit while I'm in a transitional period. And I don't want to kill you. I want to help you, right? But I can't give you this case here. It don't belong to me. Besides I've been through too much shit this morning on behalf of this case here to just hand it over to you. What the fuck is going on here? It's cool, Vincent! It's cool! Don't do a goddamn thing! Now, Yolanda, it's cool, baby. Be cool. Nothing's changed. We're still just talking. Tell her it's cool. It's cool, baby. We're still talking. What the hell is going on here, Jules? Nothing I can't handle. I want you to hang back, and don't do anything unless it's absolutely necessary. Check. Now, Yolanda, how we doing, baby? I have to pee. I want to go home. You're doing all right. You're doing just fine. You're doing great. Ringo is proud of you, and so am I. It's almost over. Now I want you to go in that bag, find my wallet. Uh, which one is it? The one that says "bad motherfucker" on it. I want you to open it up. Take out the cash. How much is there? About $1,500. I want you to put it in your pocket. It's yours. Now that, along with the wallets and the register, makes i...

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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.


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

I can only say wow. I have learned a lot about acting and I am grateful for this course. Thanks Masterclass, thanks Sam. It was a great and inspiring journey for me to watch this course and during this trip I got the inspiration to act.

Seeing Sam Jackson give permission to his students to go certain places also gave me permission to go there. To bring out creative thoughts and explore them.

Really enjoyed the course. I am an experienced actor and he certainly had some great information. The scene study work was not very meaningful. His own tricks , experiences were fantastic. I would have like to see more acting lesson stories he learned in his stage days.

This class was incredible. I loved the components. I loved this class. It has given me a lot to work with and work on and I know I can reference the study guide and video when ever I need to.


Katherine W.

What resonated for me was the importance of a different possible outcome: even though Jules has told himself he won't kill anyone again, there is still the possibility that he will do it. Like Sam says, he's being tested, and he could very easily fall back into his old ways. I think moments like that can be really powerful in a story--you don't know what's going to happen. It feels dangerous--in a good way.


I love the breakout sessions. I love Samuel L. Jackson's honesty and expertise.

Jermaine P.

Also it seems pauses are essential to the feel of the scene. People don't just talk straight through. they think while they speak, in a contemplative sense

Stuart G.

Really makes you think about how the lines of a script need to be delivered. For example really understanding who your character is, the delivery of the words in relation to portray of the character, the interaction with your fellow performers, their surroundings etc, so important. Sam Jackson explains it so well.

Antonia T.

The guy portraying Sam's character was great! Still, he talked too fast. To be able to talk as slowly as Sam or Jack Nicholson or Max Von Sydow, be convincing and present, must be one of the hardest things.


whoa i thought only in indonesia the directors have this some crazy idea giving a new scene in the middle of planned shoots

Cesar M.

Wow, getting a whole bible verse monologue dropped on you 30 min prior to shooting! Yikes! Anyone have any rapid memorization tools?

A fellow student

Great to watch the famous scene in several interpretations. It really shows the accents and characters of actors and your own way of playing reveals because you can see that many ways of acting can be applied. I got what is essential for my own acting style here.

Shane H.

A scene SO iconic in this movie, I have a hard time thinking those lines could be given in a different way. Yes- that may be my bias because I love the film, but still- try to image that line being delivered or interpreted differently.


It's so embarrassing that these students CLEARLY have nit seen such an iconic movie! Sadly cringe worthy, it's painful to watch a giant like Samuel L. Jackson have to explain so much....ooh! I'm shuddering!