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Student Session: Use Your Voice, Use Your Body

Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 21:56 min

Sam analyzes the students’ choices of power positions when playing Danny and how movement and stillness can each convey power in a different way. He shows how posture works on each side of the phone as each character is pushed to their limits.

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All right, action. - Sabian? - Danny, it-- it-- it's Farley. - I told you. I don't want to talk to anybody but Chris Sabian. - Um, yeah, he's coming. He's gonna be here soon. We just-- we just need more time. - But you don't have more time, Farley. - OK, just, um, Danny, what are you-- what are you doing? This is really serious. - This is serious. So why don't you take me seriously? - We are. We are taking you seriously. We just-- I-- I just want to talk to you, OK, Danny? - Wait. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You-- you think you can talk me down? - I have to. What do you want, Danny? - You want a shot? OK, I'll give you a shot. [CLEARING THROAT] I got a little time before Sabian gets here. Oh, boy, what do I want? Um, how about let's see? Can I see a priest? - No, you can't see a priest, Danny. - Ah, see, that's good, Farley. That's good. You shouldn't let me see a priest. Shouldn't let me see a priest. Priest is associated with death, and you do not want me thinking about death. But you told me no, Farley. You can't say no. Never say no in a hostage situation. - OK, why don't we just-- let's just relax a little bit, OK? - I am relaxed. Line. BOTH: Here's some advice. - Here's some advice. Never say no to a hostage taker, OK? It's in the manual. All right, you gonna tell me no again? - No, I'm not. - Wrong answer. Shut up. Hey, never say no, don't, won't, or can't. OK, that eliminates options. That only option leaves is to shoot someone. Understand? - Yes. - Yes, good. Yes is good. Now you tell me no again, and I'm gonna shoot someone. Let's practice. Can I see a priest? - Danny, we're just trying to talk. I'm trying to talk to you. - You want to talk? I'm talking. Can I see a priest? - I'd have to look into that, Danny. - Good, good, good, good, good, Farley. You're learning. You're learning. Now I would love a submachine gun to blow everyone away. - I'll see what I can do, Danny. - That's good. That's good. Good job, Farley. You ever cheat on your wife? - No. - Ooh, whoa, whoa, whoa, watch yourself. I'll kill someone. You ever cheat on your wife? - I-- - Answer! - I-- I-- I would have to see. I would look at it, and I'll see what I can do. I'd have to think about that. - You ever dress up like a schoolgirl and get your ass spanked? - Danny, we're just trying to-- I'm trying to talk to you right now. - I am talking. Did you, or did you not, dress up like a schoolgirl and get your ass spanked? - I'd have to look into that. - Mm, nothing against dressing up like a schoolgirl, but I did not know that about you, Farley. - This is really, really unproductive. - Unproductive? Yeah, yeah, it is. So why don't you tell me a joke, Farley? You know a joke? No? You just cost someone their life, Farley. Game over. SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Good, good. Action. - Sab...

About the Instructor

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.

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