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Student Session: Make It Your Own

Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 08:10 min

One of the student actors puts a unique spin on Jules, showing that there are many “right” ways to create characters.

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OK. Action. Dammit, what's in it? Let him go! Let him go! Say, bitch be cool. Say, bitch be cool! I'll kill you! I'll kill you! I'll kill you dead! Start over- wait! You're not only talking to him, you're talking to her. Louder. You're a little bitty, you know. Say, bitch be cool. Say, bitch be cool! Yep. Action. Goddammit, what's in it? Let him go! Say, bitch be cool. Say, bitch be cool! I'll kill you! Say, it's OK. Promise her it's OK. Say, it's OK. It's OK. It's chill. Say, chill! Just chill out, honey. What's her name? Yolanda. Yolanda, baby. You OK? You're not going to do anything stupid, right? You're not going to do anything stupid. Let him go! OK. I'm going to let him go. But let's just be cool, OK? We're going to be cool, the three of us. We're going to be like three Fonzies. All right? What's Fonzie like, Yolanda? Yolanda, what's Fonzie like? He's cool? That's right, correcto-fucking-moondo. And that's going to be us. We're going to be cool. OK. Ringo? I'm going to count to three, you're going to let go of your gun. You're going to sit your ass down, you're going to put your palms on the desk. OK? When you do it, you're go to do it fucking cool. Ready? One, two, three. That's right. Let him go! Yolanda! I thought we were going to be fucking cool, but you yell at me and I get nervous. And when I get nervous, I get scared. And when I get fucking scared, that's when motherfuckers fucking die. Just know if you hurt him, you die. That seems like the situation. Yes it does. Line? I don't want that. No, I don't want that. You don't want that. Ringo over here definitely don't want that. So let's see what we're going to do. Here's the situation-- the situation is normally both your asses would be dead as motherfucking fried chicken. But you got me at sort of a transitional period, and I don't want to kill you. I want to help you. The thing is, I can't in this case, because it doesn't belong to me. And I have been through so much shit this morning on account of this motherfucking case to just hand it over to your asses. What the fuck is going on here? Vincent, just calm the fuck down. I got it. Just hang back. We're good. Yolanda, baby? Yolanda, tell-- we're fine. We're still cool. We're just talking. Tell her we're fine. Tell her to be cool. It's cool, honey. We're still cool. We're still cool. That's right. The hell's going on here, Jules? Just chill fuck out, Vincent. Nothing I can't handle. Just hang back, don't do anything until absolutely fucking necessary. You got it? Yolanda, baby, how we doing? How we doing, baby? I've got to pee. I want to go h...

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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 love the thought of owning the part regardless of how big or small.

such dignity and talent! i totally enjoyed listening to samuel l jackson tell us how he goes about developing the characters he plays. very professional approach! no wonder i enjoy watching him act. believable.

Superb, I'm a writer and this was definitely a Master Class...

I am a therapist, rather than a actor, but some of the things he said I could relate to as a therapist observing a client and people. I have learnt how acting is more than talent but takes commitment and a lot of skill and discipline. I loved his work ethic and all he had to say. So real, honest and grounded. Thank you Sam.


Katherine W.

This was so amazing to watch--not only because she delivered an incredible performance, but because of the lesson it teaches us. I think that actors frequently feel boxed in by whatever preconceived notions, previous performances, or expectations they have been given by a familiar script--I know I've felt this way more than once. But this just showed us that not only can you find a fresh take on a familiar character, you can find an interpretation that fits you better than anyone else.

Antonia T.

Amazing how the interpretation can change the flow of the film. Still, I prefer 1,000 times more Sam's character...


in my opinion, i think she doing it way good than the others. She relaxed and having fun playing it.

Erdal K.

Can't we download the videos? I mean despite my internet is fast it freezes a lot. Please add download feature. Regards!

Marcus M.

This is my second time going through these lessons. I'm learning more the second time around!

A fellow student

Very great lesson. Never thought you could add humor in order to play a scene in a different light. Guess is not set in stone when you practice


That scene was totally different from the original, but felt so natural and true with a comedy aftertaste. Well done!

Blake Lawless

What's "COOL" is how over a sessions the acting improves so quickly. Dedicated to learning for every day use. Bo and Blake

Jenna L.

Good scene. Great Jules, Pumpkin & Honey bunny. Making it your own is important, even when you are taking a scene from an already iconic movie. Thank you.

Joshua J.

That was great, loved the way the actress took the scene and made it her own.