Chapter 7 of 21 from Samuel L. Jackson

Student Session: Character Biographies

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Creating in-depth character backstory is an integral part of Sam’s process. He pushes the students to develop a connection with Jules by imagining his life story and how he got to this moment in the diner.

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And are you guys, prepared? Take your time Do this with intent. Make us feel like we wish we were in this diner watching this. Or that we should have spent our $15 ticket in popcorn to see you do it. OK and, Action! See God damn it, what is it? Let him go! Let him go-- Tell her to be cool. Say bitch be cool. Say bitch be cool. Chill-- chill out, honey, chill out. Chill out. Tell her it's going to be all right. Tell her it's going be all right. Cut! Danny, I can't hear you. You had to speak over her, so that he can hear you. And at some point, make him tell that bitch to be-- say bitch be cool! You know, shut that bitch up. All right. And action. God damn it, what is it? Let him go! Let him go! I'm going to fucking kill. Say bitch be cool. Say bitch be cool. Tell her everything's going all right. I'm going to be OK. Tell her-- promise her, promise her. I promise, I promise. Tell her everything thing's going to be cool. Tell her to chill. Just chill out. OK what's her name? Yolanda. OK Yolanda, you're going to be cool right? Not going to anything stupid are we? Don't you hurt him. Nobody is going to hurt anybody. We're just going to be like three Fonzie's. What's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda, what's Fonzie like? What's Fonzie like? He's cool. He's cool. "Correct-a-mundo" And that's what we're going to be. We're going to be cool. Now Ringo on a count of three, I'm going to ask you to let go of your gun, and you're going to take a seat over there. But when you do it, you be cool. Ready, 1, 2, 3. OK, now let him go! Yolanda, I though you were going to be cool. Now, when you yell at me, you make me nervous. And when I get nervous I get scared. And when motherfuckers get scared, that's when motherfuckers die. Just know, you hurt him, you die. That seems to be the situation. And I don't want to hurt him. And I know you don't want me to. And I know Ringo over here doesn't want me to. But this is the situation. Normally, both your asses would be dead as this, this fried fucking chicken. Line. That you happened to. But you happen to. Pull this shit. You happened to pull this shit when I'm in a transitional period, so I'm not going to shoot you. I'm going to help you. But I can't give you this briefcase. It don't belong to me. And I went through too much shit this morning on account this briefcase just to hand it over to your ass. What the fuck is going on. Vincent, be cool man. Don't do a goddamn thing. Louder. Vince, be cool. Be cool Vince. Don't do a goddamn Stop, don't look at that motherfucker. There's a gun on the table. Be cool Vince. Don't do a goddamn thing. Be cool. Tell her to be cool. Yolanda, we're still cool. T...

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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.

Watch, listen, and learn as Sam teaches his first-ever acting class.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting