While in LA for the #Incredibles2Event we attended a press junket that included one of my favorite actors of all time Samuel L. Jackson. Samuel L. Jackson voices the character Frozone in the Incredibles 2 Film, although Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to being amongst superheroes, his take on his animated superhero self is one for the books.
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14 years in the making we find the Incredibles story picking up only moments after the previous film had ended. Frozone is back to save the day and team up to bring back superheroes and make them legal again.
I had an amazing time interview with Samuel L. Jackson. I was a little nervous about interviewing him since I heard his interviews were exhilarating, to say the least, but I’m more than grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the junket.
PS: If you like this interview you should definitely check out the other Incredibles 2 Film Interviews listed below!
- Incredibles 2 Interview with Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter | Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl Inside Look – Click Here.
- Bao: A Pixar Short To Treasure | Interview with Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman Post – Click Here.
- Incredibles 2 Interview with Sarah Vowell & Huck Milner | Dash and Violet Parr Tell All – Click Here
- Incredibles 2 Interview with Bob Odenkirk & Catherine Keener | Voices of Winston and Evelyn Deavor – Click Here.
- Incredibles 2 Interview with Sophia Bush | Voice of Voyd – Click Here.
How do you feel about an Incredibles sequel…. 14 years later
SLJ: I’m relieved now, I mean that was a lot of pressure. People in my feed is always full of, when are they going to make The Incredibles Two, when are they going to make The Incredibles Two, like it was my decision, now I feel a lot better knowing the pressure has been relieved, they’ve made it, people can be happy.
Did you know you were going to spend the next decade-plus in superhero world after you did the first movie?
SLJ: Well you know, it’s like I said, people have been asking where, where, where, where, where is it where is it because everybody according to the way the last one ended, everybody just assumed there was going to be another one. And Brad went off and started doing, you know, real people movies. And I don’t think they wanted to put it in the hands of anybody else. And it’s also one of those kinds of things where the first movie was so perfect, and so awesome, that you got to say to yourself.
Can we really do something that awesome and just a little bit more awesome the next time so it justifies us doing a sequel? And I think they accomplished it, you know, I mean the movie is kind of awesome. and this dude gets to show off. Jack jack jack jack jack jack.
Did you feel that magic when you were working on it?
SLJ : No. Because in the end, it’s all Disney, it’s all Disney, it’s like okay that’s Marvel, that’s Pixar, so it’s always Disney and you’re always going.
Would you like to see a Frozone movie in itself? How much do you relate to Frozone, I feel like if you were a superhero that would be you.
SLJ: Oh I always like seeing a movie with myself in it, anything starring me is a good idea. I’d be shooting ice, not fire, I’m not hot like that? Oh, I see, I see- oh. Oh, fire is for the Black Panther guy. Old guys get to be cool, not hot. That’s a little ageism, I’m feeling a little Me Too about that.
I would think you throw fire with the last name Fury.
Yeah-yeah-yeah. Of course but it would be like, what is it, dry ice. I will burn you when you touch it.
If you could be a different character from Incredibles, which one would you be?
SLJ: Edna. Edna is just the dope-est, she’s just, you know, wise cool dry, unaffected by the world, you know. The world revolves around her.
If you could freeze any moment in time, what era or time would you freeze?
SLJ: The early seventies, I was in New York seventy-six Halloween, when we got to New York City we started this marvelous journey that we were ready to conquer the world and be the best actors on the planet.
And my wife and I thought we were going to be Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. But it was a vibrant time in New York, there were so many of us there. And it was a great time for work, and comradeship and all the people that we met, Morgan, Alfre, Denzel, and Phish and Wesley, and everybody was there working. And we all worked together, we ate together, we went to auditions together, we went to the same unemployment office when we weren’t working yeah but, you know, vibrant times and learning times.
Which, you know, cemented some really great friendships and just the challenge of being on stage with those people and wanting to be better, wanting to be good, and making all those things happen. That kind of makes us who we are on screen, for everybody. Because we had all that discipline and all that, you know, working together and learning how to be an ensemble and not just outshine everybody who’s around you. Sometimes you can’t help it, because the other people aren’t so good, but being there and being in that time, that would be great.
What advice would you give to young actors just starting out?
SLJ: Just starting out, oh wow, do as much theater as you can do. You know, fame is a drug that these people, young people now have, because it seems so accessible. If you do enough, you know, you do enough online or you get enough likes or people get enough eyes on you, you become famous for just no reason, or for reasons that aren’t worth talking about.
But if you’re serious about it go to New York. Challenge yourself. On stage or off Broadway on Broadway, work with as many different kinds of actors and directors as you can, learn the craft. Upstage downstage, stage right stage left, being dominant, being submissive on stage.
Samuel L. Jackson Talks about Learning Through Experiences
SLJ: There’s a wealth of information to be gained from working in front of real people every night and getting that applause or getting that (Makes anUnamusedd face) because you learn from that. And there’s no real way to know you can do it until you hear people say it or you’re in a theater and you feel the energy of the audience when you’re doing something. When you make them said or you hear them, awe, then you make them happy, they laugh they applaud they cheer they sigh they do whatever.
When you feel the energy of people, then you know okay, this works, that works, that doesn’t work, this works. So that when you get to this place, or on a screen somewhere, you don’t have to question what you do, it feels right, you know, it works.
Samuel talks about what it’s like to always get to play the best characters.
SLJ: I wish I knew. Oh, I don’t get to always play the best ones, I just have fun playing the ones that I get.
You always get the best lines?
Well, people like selling t-shirts, they know they’re giving me I say the t-shirt lines, yeah.
Samuel Talks about his “French” On and Off Screen
SLJ: That’s pretty much who I am, well that’s one of the things. I have talked like that my whole life, basically. But I stuttered really badly when I was a kid. And one of the mechanisms to stop it was “motherf*cker”, I could say what I had to say. So that worked and it just kind of flows over into the rest of my life.
You have a lot of fun acting. What do you do on long days to make it particularly fun?
SLJ: I watch movies, I watch a lot of Judge shows, during the day, when I’m on a movie set. I read scripts when they come to me, because there are some actors who don’t read while they’re working because they’re in character and their characters are illiterate or something. And sometimes I’m working on the next thing. I’m reading the script that I have to go to next and making notes, because when I finish Captain Marvel on July sixth I got to be on another movie set on July eighth. So I got to start figuring out what I’m going to do for that movie already, so there’s stuff. And sometimes, you know, eat sandwiches.
Although this is the end of the interview, don’t forget that Pixar’s newest film The Incredibles 2 movie is premiering June 15th! It’s been a film 14 years in the making but picks up where the last film had let off at. Check out the information and trailer below for more deets on this new Incredible film.
INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15th!
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered.
Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
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