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The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds’ double act

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Bodyguard jobs Samuel L. Jackson: “Making people laugh is the essence of what [makes] people want to go to the movies.” Photo: Victoria Will/Invision/AP

There’s something about Samuel L. Jackson that makes people grin when you mention his name. Whether it’s the Kangol beret he always wears, that big laugh or the fact that his character in Pulp Fiction is still regularly quoted, threatening “great vengeance and furious anger”, he has an affable, don’t-care cool that could be the envy of grime DJs a third of his age. Even when he says disagreeable things – that he doesn’t believe in gun control, or that black British actors are taking jobs from “the brothers” – people quickly paper over the crack and carry on.

Some of this is down to familiarity. Jackson makes a lot of films. Specifically, he makes a lot of films in which he plays a wise-cracking, bad-ass criminal. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, out this week, is another chip off that block. Taking the oft-copied formula perfected in Midnight Run, it pairs Jackson’s invincible hitman with Ryan Reynolds as the bodyguard taking him across country to testify at a hearing against an evil Belarusian dictator – with whom he has had a hitman’s dealings – at The Hague. Some kind of incomprehensible caveat says that if they don’t make it by 5pm on a certain day, the case will be thrown out. Since a lot of people are trying to stop them getting there, hitman and bodyguard must join forces to see justice done. In the process, they create a lot of corpses.

Nothing about this is even momentarily believable, but the banter’s good. That’s what Jackson likes doing. “I watched Ryan for a good while,” he says. “I know he has this quick wit, so when the idea was tossed to me and they said it was Ryan I thought, well, this should be great. I tend to try to bring a lot of humour to what I do just because of what I think about movies and what they should be.”

Jackson’s thoughts about movies and what they should be amount to a veritable manifesto, which he delivers in the rich cadences of a Southern preacher. “I think making people laugh is the essence of what people want to go to the movies for, to escape the humdrum or depression of their lives, whatever,” he begins. “When you go to the movies, you kind of want to leave with a smile on your face.” He likes funny, but not stupid; if people think he’s wasting his time when does a movie like Snakes on a Plane, that’s their problem; he absolutely isn’t interested in Oscar bait.

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Bodyguard jobs The Hitman’s Bodyguard pairs Ryan Reynolds (left) as a bodyguard with Samuel L. Jackson’s invincible hitman.

“I would rather do a crime movie or an adventure than a story based on two people breaking up and hashing it out on screen. That is not entertaining. It’s stressful,” he says. Theatre, where he worked for 10 years before he stepped in front of a movie camera (he still does repertory seasons when opportunity knocks), is the place for that. “Theatre is a whole ‘nother kind of thing where you are allowed to explore the human condition in a whole different way and its specific audience chooses to go and see that,” he says. “When I think of going to the movies, I like mysteries more than I like to see people bopping heads in some sort of relationship issue. I’ve been married for 37 years, I know what that is.” Anyway, why do highbrow films for the sake of a prize? The average person behind a tub of popcorn, he reasons, probably thinks he has an Oscar already.

Jackson grew up in Tennessee; his mother was a factory worker and his absent father an alcoholic he would get to see only twice in his life. He was born in 1948, when racial segregation was in full force. They had guns in the house, he has said, because when President Kennedy was assassinated, they were convinced the white supremacists would treat the occasion as open season on black folks. “I went to the movies to see a different world that was not mine, where I could let my mind go and be part of a western scenario or even a war scenario or a comedy scenario or a horror scenario.” He often chooses films, he says, that he thinks he would have wanted to see as a kid. Hence Snakes on a Plane; hence King Kong. “When they told me there was going to be a King Kong movie and they wanted me to be in it, I said, ‘Where do I sign up?’ I’ve been running from King Kong since I was a kid. We pretended King Kong was chasing us!”

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Bodyguard jobs Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson banter their way through the action of ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’. Photo: Supplied


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