Samuel L Jackson Honoured

THERE probably never have been so many expletives used to show appreciation at an awards show as there were at the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which honoured Samuel L Jackson.

From Justin Timberlake  to Sharon Stone, Hollywood celebrated the actor whose name has become synonymous with “badass”.

The complexity Jackson brings to his roles was a frequent topic. Denzel Washington said Jackson plays men who can be considered “the righteous who believe they are sinners and the sinners who believe they are righteous”. Vin Diesel called Jackson “a poor man’s acting coach”, and Kerry Washington noted that the actor brings truth to his roles, making his “heroes so imperfect and (his) villains so lovable”.

Also making speeches were Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who used basketball terms to describe Jackson as being as unstoppable as Kobe Bryant, and as smooth as Michael Jordan; John Singleton, who told anecdotes from the set of Shaft; and Jackson’s wife, LaTanya, who talked of the movies Jackson made with Spike Lee.

Jackson, one of the town’s most consistently working actors, later thanked his wife and daughter for their sacrifices; he’s on location sometimes for more than 300 days a year. –– Reuters/Hollywood Reporter.