Two world famous boys will be celebrating their 60th birthdays soon. It would be hard to find two men about the same age who are more unlike each other, but when arriving at this milestone birthday, seem to find themselves at peace with who they are.
Prince Charles will be 60 on November 14.
Samuel L. Jackson will be 60 on December 21.
I’m guessing you know a lot about Prince Charles.
- born in a castle
- grew up in a castle
- made a prince by his mom
- married a sweetheart
- fooled around with a mistress
- married his mistress when his wife died
But I’m thinking you might not know, or have forgotten, about Samuel L. Jackson’s past.
As I watched Samuel L. Jackson on Ellen recently and noted his tranquil demeanor it struck me that this wasn’t the Samuel L. Jackson I’m used to seeing in the movies. An MTV reporter called Samuel L. Jackson a “legendary badass.”
I wondered which was closer to his real personna.
Jackson mentioned that he was raised in the segregated south, Chattanooga, TN. From that one statement, I decided the man was closer to “legendary bad ass” then he was letting on to Ellen Degeneres.
I came to the conclusion that the man sitting in Ellen’s chair was nothing like the real man. The man sitting in the chair more closely resembled Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.
Normally, both your asses would be dead as fucking fried chicken, but you happen to pull this shit while I’m in a transitional period so I don’t wanna kill you, I wanna help you. But I can’t give you this case, it don’t belong to me. Besides, I’ve already been through too much shit this morning over this case to hand it over to your dumb ass.
Educated, ruthless, witty, driven, philosphical, but mostly – complex.
To wit, Samuel L. Jackson’s life:
- father abandoned him, they only met twice in his life
- founded a drama school – while in college
- was an usher for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral
- held hostages (including Martin Luther King, Sr.) during a civil rights protest
- active in the Black Power movement
- overdosed on cocaine
- long string of successes in theater and films
- married to the same woman for 28 years
How does a man change from taking hostages to having written in his film contracts that he will play golf two days a week?
I’m adding him to my short list for Officer of Common Sense to serve the Fresh President of Pennsylvania Avenue.
If I get invited? I would rather go to Samuel L. Jackson’s party, than Prince Charles’.