Chapter 11 of 21 from Samuel L. Jackson

Student Session: Use Your Voice, Use Your Body


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. [SIGH] - 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-- [SIGH] 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. [SIGH] [SCOFF] - 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...

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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 Teaches Acting