Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Samuel L. Jackson’s Letterman Appearance Recap With My Truman Capote-Like Retention Rate

Previous to Jackson’s entrance, Letterman was really glowing about his guest. He said something to the effect that Jackson’s a great guy, a great actor, and a…raconteur. Jackson comes out wearing one of his signature caps (a blue one), and no longer has a beard. His movie about a hobo boxer must have wrapped up shooting, he looks good. They start talking about Jackson’s daughter Zoe, who graduated from culinary school. He says that he only got one cooked meal out of her when she visited home. Letterman asked Jackson if he was a good cook. Jackson paused and said yea, that he makes what he likes. However if he had company over, he would make a full meal. Letterman asked what Jackson would make if he came over. Jackson said he’s naturally a southern cook, and that he would make some chicken, with cornbread. Letterman says that he has a heart condition, and Jackson replies that it’s only one meal.

Letterman awkwardly transitions into Snakes on a Plane, and says that he is scared of both flying and snakes. Jackson says that they don’t bother him now. He says that in the beginning the snakes weren’t on set with him. He then breaks into an impression of his agent, who fittingly to this blog entry, sounds like Truman Capote. No snakes near Sam. 40 feet from Sam. The voice was funny, and Letterman joined in with the same voice. I was surprised that neither made a Capote comment, which seemed glaringly obvious to me at home.

Letterman pulls out a magazine article with Sam Jackson holding snakes on set. Jackson points to one in particular and says that they had to position it away from the other snakes, because it eats snakes. Paul Shaffer makes a subtle sexual remark about how he doesn’t like snake on snake. Jackson says there were real snakes, CGI, and rubber ones. He says that if you grab a rubber snake and hit it against the wall, no one would know the difference.

While explaining the plot, Jackson says that the snakes were sprayed with a pheromone, which he describes as snakes on crack. Letterman jokes that not only are there snakes on a plane, but they’re on crack too. They show the clip of Jackson saying that everyone needs to work together, and that he’s good at what he does. After the clip, Jackson says that the last time he made a speech like that, a shark ate him.

The interview was surprisingly short. There was a lot of time between Jackson and the musical guest, Gnarls Barkley. They performed Crazy wearing boarding school outfits (Dead Poet’s Society-esque).


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