“Captain Marvel” Star Samuel L. Jackson for Esquire Magazine

Posted on March 15, 2019

“Captain Marvel” star Samuel L. Jackson covers the April 2019 issue of Esquire Magazine photographed by Marc Hom.



On voicing his opinions about Trump: “I think we feel the same way that all of the motherfuckers that hated Obama felt for eight years. So they said all that shit. They put fucking pictures up on the Internet of Michelle sitting with her legs crossed with a dick hanging down. We feel the same way that they feel or they felt about Obama being the man, even though he wasn’t fucking ruining their lives; he was trying to help their lives. This motherfucker is like ruining the planet and all kinds of other crazy shit. And the people think that’s okay. It’s not fucking okay. And if you’re not saying anything, then you’re complicit. And I wouldn’t give a fuck if I was a garbageman and I had a Twitter account; I’d tweet that shit out. I’m not thinking about who I am and what my job is when I do that shit.”

On growing up in segregated Tennessee: “I don’t think I was ever angry about it. I’m angrier now about it than I was then just because I see these guys and I know these are the same guys: Trump and all those assholes, Mitch McConnell. But they’re the same fucking guys. And when I hear their voices, I hear the same voices. Those twangs where they didn’t specifically call you “nigger,” they said “nigra.” “The nigras.” There was no doubt about where they stood, that you were never going to be their equal and, if possible, they were going to make sure you never had as much shit as they had. And they were worried about the chasteness of their women, and miscegenation, and not having enough of them, there being more of us than there are of them.”

On whether he worries his political comments will make him lose fans: “I know how many motherfuckers hate me. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ Fuck I care? If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. Fuck you. Burn up my videotapes. I don’t give a fuck. ‘You’re an actor. Stick to acting.’ ‘No, motherfucker. I’m a human being that feels a certain way.’ And some of this shit does affect me, because if we don’t have health care, shit, and my relatives get sick, they’re going to call my rich ass. I want them to have health care. I want them to be able to take care of themselves. This is how I feel. And I count to one hundred some days before I hit ‘send,’ because I know how that shit is.”

On his fantasy career: “I wanted to be the black Jacques Cousteau, because I loved 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…And I loved all those pirate movies. I wanted to be on a boat out in the ocean. I always thought the inner space was a lot more interesting than outer space.”

On how much longer he’ll continue to act: “Till I can’t do it. Michael Caine’s still acting, right? It’s acting. It’s not like I’m digging a ditch. I go on set, do some shit. I go back and sit in my trailer for two hours watching TV, eat a sandwich, read. And I go back and do ten more minutes and go sit down some more. So, yeah, it’s a great job.”

On still growing as an actor: “To do your work in a way where you don’t feel anxious and completely consumed by anxiety, it takes experience and practice.”

Style Credits:
Cover: Coat by Hermès | Suit and Shirt by Versace | Tie by Dries Van Noten | Cane by Gucci
First Image: Coat by Hermès | Suit and Shirt by Versace | Tie by Dries Van Noten | Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo | Cane by Gucci | Great Dane (“Rhino”) from Hollywood Animals
Second Image: Jacket by Loro Piana | Shirt and Trousers by Boss | Boots by Christian Louboutin | Hat by Brunello Cucinelli | Watch by Piaget | Socks by Pantherella
Second Image: Jacket, T-shirt, Trousers, and Boots by Balenciaga | Watch by Piaget | Hat, Jackson’s own | Great Dane (“Rhino”) from Hollywood Animals

[Photo Credit: Marc Hom/Esquire Magazine]

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