Samuel L. Jackson on the lasting impact of the iconic ‘Shaft’ and how they made franchise’s latest movie work

Written by atlasmc

On June 10, 2019

“To have a guy like that who was unapologetically black, brave, cool and irreverent was a revelation,” Jackson said. “Like, OK, we’re making different kinds of movies now. By the time the Blaxploitation era hit, people tried to disparage it in an interesting sort of way, but we wanted it. We needed it. I’ve been going to movies all my life, so it was important that I see people who were heroes, who were sticking it to the Man, which is what basically those movies were. It was another way of going to the movies and seeing yourself win, or seeing a hero that looks like you or the hero that you can aspire to be.”

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