Chapter 6 of 21 from Samuel L. Jackson

Student Session: Breaking Down a Script - Part 2

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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? [CRYING] 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? [CRYING] 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. For the first time, the Oscar nominated star teaches 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.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting