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Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson, the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson, the Coolest Man in Hollywood

by Gavin Edwards
Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson, the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson, the Coolest Man in Hollywood

by Gavin Edwards

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Overview

A fascinating exploration and celebration of the life and work of the coolest man in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson—from his star-making turns in the films of Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino to his ubiquitous roles in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, not to mention the cult favorite Snakes on a Plane.

Samuel L. Jackson’s embodiment of cool isn’t just inspirational—it’s important. Bad Motherfucker lays out how his attitude intersects with his identity as a Black man, why being cool matters in the modern world, and how Jackson can guide us through the current cultural moment in which everyone is losing their cool. Edwards details Jackson’s fascinating personal history, from stuttering bookworm to gunrunning revolutionary to freebasing addict to A-list movie star.

Drawing on original reporting and interviews, the book explores not only the major events of Jackson’s life but also his obsessions: golf, kung fu movies, profanity. Bad Motherfucker
features a delectable filmography of Jackson’s movies—140 and counting!—and also includes new movie posters for many of Jackson’s greatest roles, reimagined by dozens of gifted artists and designers. The book provides a must-read road map through the vast territory of his on-screen career and more: a vivid portrait of Samuel L. Jackson’s essential self, as well as practical instructions, by example, for how to live and work and be.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306924323
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/26/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 517,328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gavin Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author and editor of twelve books, including The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing and Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever. He has also written for numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, GQ, Details, and Rolling Stone. In the name of journalism, he has hiked the Great Wall of China, inhaled with Snoop Dogg, and participated in the world’s largest tomato fight. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

1 Half a Piece of Candy 11

2 Desk Lamp (with Bulb) 21

3 Little Cooked Onions 33

4 Bill Cosby's Sweaters 41

5 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 1977-1988 54

6 Emergency Cord 65

7 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 1989-1991 73

8 Brown Envelope 88

9 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 1992-1994 99

10 Two Lights and Some Batteries 119

11 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 1995-1998 130

12 Engraved Handle 150

13 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 1999-2001 158

14 Berry Popsicles 169

15 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2002-2004 175

16 Rental Clubs 189

17 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2005-2007 194

18 Eye Patch 209

19 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2008-2011 218

20 Hot Poker 238

21 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2012-2015 244

22 French Braid 264

23 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2016-2018 270

24 Alligator Loafers 281

25 The Films of Samuel L. Jackson, 2019-2021 289

26 Greenhouse Roof 302

Acknowledgments 304

Look-at-Me Business 307

Sources 313

Index 341

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