Film & TV

Student Session: Breaking Down a Script - Part 2

Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 16:39 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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Learned how to break down a script and I will try it with my next show



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!

A fellow student

I agree with Shanisa, it’s easier to be the character when you know who they are, how they act, how they react, and who they were before. That’s sometimes what describes a character.

Shanisa D.

Listening/watching their performance and being able to see the breakdown of the script helps me understand the process on how to BE the character. This was super helpful. I think understanding where every character comes from is just as important as knowing your own character background. Also, it helps determine how you interact with the other characters when interacting with them.


Still can't get the point of this particular part. "Remember the goal of the scene, and how to get from point A to point B". Ok, well noted three lessons before. What next?

BABY!!! L.

love these lessons with Samuel L Jackson. Seeing the corrections from the comments section, as well as comparisons in different actors, ive learnt a lot as to what a good scene should look, sound, and feel like. I believe that if both previous actors came together and worked on their strengths and their weaknesses together, they'd have pinned down the part. The female actor had a lot of energy in her projection, which the male actor didnt, but he had the slowness and strength of the part (because he's in control of the situation, his new life) but he lacked that "furious anger." Seeing this shows me my natural aptitude, and possibly potential in directing. thank u.

Robert A.

Again wow, wow wow. This is great stuff. Thank you again Sam!!!. ROCK ON!!!

robin C.

Love this scene. I thought I knew it inside and out, yet now I understand it so much better.

Arek Z.

Great lesson. Yes, it is important to understand what the overall objective is and how the scene objective supports the story and what the goals are.

A fellow student

Started to memorize a monologue from Rocky when he tells his son about the hits of life. It is not easy for me. I look for key words and add a sentence each time. Really enjoyed class with Pulp Fiction, a film i thought was too violent. Looking forward to my first audition once i complete this monologue.


I think the most important goal in any scene is to make the scene believable to the audience. There was moments in this scene that I didn't believe the characters.