Samuel L. Jackson had a problem on the red carpet Thursday at a cancer fundraiser in Beverly Hills. No, not with any members of the press. Instead, the "Snakes on a Plane" star was a little perturbed with what we'll call his red carpet handler.
First, a little background for those unfamiliar with arrival line etiquette. Often times at red carpet events, stars are accompanied by someone with public relations credentials who escorts them down the line from interview to interview. For members of the press, these PR humming birds are, at times, a nuisance.
They often ask us to "limit the interviews to two questions, please" or whisk their talent away saying, "gotta go, sorry guys." Some less-experienced handlers can be found standing right in front of their assigned mega-stars when our photographers are trying to shoot some much-needed and ever-so-valuable video. There are events when a star will have their personal publicist with them – and this publicist more often than not has a close relationship with their client.
At this event, however, Mr. Jackson's personal publicist was nowhere to be seen on the carpet, and it was more like seeing Mr. Jackson with Patrick Wilson in "Lakeview Terrace" instead of John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction."
After the first interview, the handler in question apparently got a little too close for comfort to Samuel L... causing the actor to channel the on-screen persona that's made him the subject of hundreds of homemade YouTube videos.
"You're about to make me say M***** F*****," Jackson said to the humbled handler. "I mean for real."
It's important to note here that Mr. Jackson wasn't screaming at the top of his lungs, like in the famous courtroom scene in "A Time To Kill" or the fast food stick-up scenario in "Coming to America." He even had a sly grin on his face... but with that commanding voice, there was no mistaking his meaning. During Jackson's interview with CNN, the handler kept his distance.
About five or six interviews later, that thundering voice returned. "MAN, WHO ARE YOU?!?!?"
Any movie fan can recognize that voice and its meaning.
But you have to tip your hat to the handler in question... the guy kept his cool and managed to save some face despite laughter from members of the press.
Whether or not Jackson was completely serious during this handler heckling remains to be seen... but anyone who's seen "Snakes on a Plane" should know when "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!"
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I think it's funny how many comments this has garnered! Wow!
BOB, LBW didn't misread the story. He's just an idiot.
Secondly, why is this a story? Someone Jackson did not know followed him around and annoyed him. Well happens to us all at least once.
But oh well, I guess it's worth a comment. Maybe if we'd all stop commenting on these kind of non-stories they'll stop publishing them.
Its an entertainment piece you stupid people. Some of you hate anybody who's doing well. Mr Jackson made the guy uncomfortable. He didn't holler and scream at him. But when you go to work you do your job....duh
to ralph...why are you here then...guessed you wanted some real news. thanks for watching CNN! lol.
by the way...this is the entertainment section...this story is where it should be.
to enough...we've had enough of you.
The guy was probably goofing around or ill-prepared as to how to conduct himself. There's a time & place for everything – this guy made a mistake. This job sounds as though a proper English Butler type is required... which is a job taken seriously, they don't step out of character. I'd be angry, too.
blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Who GIVES a CRAP?!?!
um ... aren't the publicity guys, like the rest of us, as members of the ticket-paying public, the guys who put Mr Samuel L. where he is today? A little respect wouldn't go amiss...
Time to start becoming a real news organization again. Seriously...is a spoiled, narcissistic movie star EVER news? I don't think so.
Jackson's handler was probably nervous, might have been a first timer. Sam, cut the guy some slack. Better luck next time.........and keep making those great movies.....
The whole concept is stupid really...anyone with any sense would not care 1 iota what these fools think...red carpet treatment...for a big mouthed idiot?
you guys are kidding right? This is all made up right? Nobody really goo-goos over people like this do they?
"CNN is no longer a news outlet. Theyre a socialist agendized, politically driven mouth piece for everything thats wrong with our country. It explains why they dont understand how so many Americans can be so ticked off over the health care sham.....
– Patriot in the midwest
do me a favor Patriot, stop with socialist jargon. it's old, outdated and really obnoxious. furthermore, I'm quite confused as to why certain groups of Americans don't believe all Americans should have health care. I've been to Europe, I've been treated in their hospitals...their socialist programs regarding medical treatment trump any hospital i have ever been to in the United States. No one is laying in the streets dying because they didn't get their x-ray in Germany of the UK so stop with the socialist propaganda...because all it is , is lies and scare tactics. real patriotic sir or madam.
*ROLLS EYEBALLS* -SERIOUS NEWS in the ENTERTAINMENT section....still chuckling XD I do believe thats an oxymoron....moron i.e. WHEELIE xP
What I find completely hilarious, is how many of you respond saying this is crap that shouldn't be shown on cnn...but guess what?! YOU READ IT!! So apparently you felt it was important enough for you to 1. read the article & 2. respond to it!! Suck it up & quit complaining!!
Good news, bad news, not news, who knew? CNN covers the news very well. I read this article on the entertainment section of the CNN homepage. Guess what folks, you are also the entertainment here.
Why is this considered news?
Funny how so many judge Jackson and yet look in the mirror, how many of you trip while driving your car and someone is in your way, or your doing your job and someone either on purpose or not undermines you. All of us including STARS of film, TV or in the entertainment industry period get pissy and irritated. For all we know the guy kept passing gas invading Jackson's air space. Point being we don't know what the true story is unless Jackson himself reveals his interpretation of the events.
Chill out and take it all in stride at least for today.
The article says that they do not know if SLJ was serious or not about giving the handler a rough time.
I thought it was amusing.
its pretty sad in this day and age that this sort of thing makes the news. I realize its in the entertainment section, but come on. There are different ways to handle a situation like this and maybe just pulling the handler to the side and explaining to him what is making you upset would have been better than basically castrating this person on the red carpet. Although I guess I would be cranky too if I made a piece of garbage movie like " snakes on a plane"........
LBDub,,LOL.. Sorry Mr.Jackson,,He's Not for realllllllllllllll.... Samuel's a cool person,I met him in person In Chicago,at Jordan's Restuarant.. And he was quite the cool cat.. I admire the man..But I do feel for the Flunky Guy..I'd love to have his job...For Minute or so...
In the future, why don't the handlers just lead them to red carpet like a bunch of four-year-olds, then meet them at the entrance to the show.
That way, if the handler – who is doing his job – gets in your "space," you do the interview yourself, thus no one to help keep your foot out of your mouth. An example, Mr. Jackson himself.
These handlers are paid to make you look good. Thus, the two question minimum so you don't start spouting off your religious or political beliefs, and sound like a clueless ass.
So, why don't we let these grown-up celebrities do their own f-ing publicity. Let's see how far they get. They probably wouldn't make it to the bathroom. You "mushroom cloud laying m--f-–!!!!"
"when our photographers are trying to shoot some much-needed and ever-so-valuable video."
We all know what SLJ looks like. We don't video and pictures THAT bad.
Samuel L Jackson used to be one of my favorite actors,not anymore, he is arrogant, rude, and not worth watching any longer. I cannot stand him, I bet when he was an up and coming actor he would talk to anyone, but now that he thinks he can walk on water,he is un approachable. I can't remeber the last good movie he made, HE IS A VERY OLD, CRANKY HAS BEEN.
What is wrong with all you people who think Sam Jackson's response was legit?!?! It's as though you are all abused folk yourselves, and you think it's okay for someone to treat you like a little turd– in front of other people, no less. Sure, Sam Jackson is an A List celebrity, who should be "handled" correctly on the red carpet. But I don't think being famous and good at your job makes it alright to be an arrogant Pr**k. And you don't take someone to task in public and humiliate them. Saying "You're about to make me say M***** F*****!" and "Man, who are you?!" to a handler is D List move, y'all.
I think Mr. Jackson handled himself well. He let the handler know what was up by being adamant but not abusive. And Debbie, they don't call themselves celebrities, we call them celebrities.
...it's not that this isn't "news", it's that this isn't even "entertainment news".
Coming up next on cnn.com, "what brad pitt ate for breakfast!!!"
Listen, I hate the obsession with celebrity that is running rampant in our society. But can we cut the high and mighty act from everybody whining about this being a news site and about cnn's lack of journalistic integrity. The fact is all of you clicked on a link, chose to read an article, and then took time out of your day to comment on said article. In doing so, you are adding to the problem.
That M-F line from "Snakes on a Plane" made for the worst scene in the movie. It was spliced in after primary filming was done, and it was spliced into a scene where his outburst made no sense. Yes, the filmmakers were on-target for including it in the film, but they should have found a much better way to do it - maybe a less over-the-top performance by Jackson would have done the trick.
Get a Grip Folks-
This is the Entertainment section of cnn.com!
What else would you expect to find than an entertaining article about a celebrity entertainer?
Want something serious? Read the Financial section on this site.
THIS IS THE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION!!!
In case you didn't know, this isn't news. Do some actual journalism for once like probing into the truth tellers and liars of the healthcare debate.
To the people complaining about why this story is on CNN:
Take your mouse. Take the cursur to the upper left hand portion of the page. Click on the link that says "politics" and... OH MY GOD!!! REAL NEWS!!!
Stay out of the entertainment section of the website if you want to get actual news!
Love it. Samuel never ceases to amuse me, unless I'm watching some of his recent movies. :)
For all the folks ripping CNN for this "not being news" blah blah blah.... you DO realize you are in the ENTERTAINMENT section right??? It isn't like we are talking about something totally out of place like Sarah Palin in the politics section or anything.....
It always makes me laugh when I hear people belittle CNN... if you dislike this news forum... than why are you reading and responding to a "non" news worthy article?? Got nothing better to do than put your unwanted 2 cents in?
The best way to answer the question posed by Patriot in the Midwest "What I want to know is how do we get idiots like CNN & MSNBC to go out of business?" ... I'm gonna say go back to work, stop reading the articles and posting your comments that don't have any barring on the article at hand.
Bow down to Samuel L. Jackson, that man is always on FIRE ... if your working for him, then you better know what your job is, otherwise he'll call you on it. If more employers did this, the world would be that much more productive!
I don't get the complaints about CNN posting Entertainment news in the ENTERTAINMENT section.
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hahah Nourisha. So funny.
I agree that the PR guy needs to do his job! Besides, those PR people come into this business fully knowing what kind of crazy things the celebs might say or do. I'm not saying Samuel L. Jackson was right (he could've been nice about it) but honestly, If I hired someone to do something and they kept messing up, I would get pretty annoyed and pissed off too!
Just more CNN "fluff n stuff'. You guys are just plain silly and stupid. The only thing worse than CNN is that miserable little troll, Katy Couric.
Some people need leashes. Seriously.
This story is hardly newsworthy, though.
Have encountered him in public before; he's an arrogant a__.
I think it was more of a "hey dude your'e standing a little too close for comfort-I don't get down like that" than a celebrity hissyfit over limelight. Watch the event and then call it.
@LBW: Or maybe the PR guy needs to learn how to do his damn job.
Why is this on CNN? Are these news?
he's done a gazillion movies and you identify him as the snakes on a plane star? wow. crazy.
Hey CNN, why can't you print serious news in your Entertainment section?
I mean, let's look at the Entertainment section of an another serious global news provider, the BBC. Today's headlines: "Aerosmith to cancel remaining gigs . . . St Elmo set for TV comeback . . . Jackson glove to be sold . . . "
Ok CNN, permission to carry on.
But watch it!
He had one or two interesting roles but most of the time it's the same thing that was in the article. A boring grump who's tough cause he's got a big mouth. Yawn.
Being homeboys and knowing some of his background, I'm sure there was a time when Samuel was a tough guy. Now he's just an old dude making noise. I've seen him in many interviews and he's always a rude, smarta** M****F*****. Look at the people he tries to imtimidate, a red carpet "star" handler. Some young kid trying to do his job. Pleeeeease! He may get away with that in L.A. but he knows better than to try it in New York. Kinda of a shame too because I like his acting.
Dreamboat: I agree with you, it was a "no-class" move, no matter who those actions come from, celebrity or not. Billy Bob: let someone lob obsenities at you and see if you don't consider that abusive! A couple of days or a week for it to be considered abusive??? Seriously, abusive behaviour is abusive. It doesn't not have to meet time requirements to be deemed as such. Perhaps it was all for publicity, the whole incident did end up as a "news" story didn't it????? What movie is Mr. Jackson touting these days anyway?
Jackson is full of himself (like that's news!). Get over yourself!
So basically Sam is a big JERK! That would have saved a lot room on this page.
Its amazing how money and materialism changes everyone.
Its fun to watch celebrities melt down?
Love it... keep it coming you rich, snotty, over paid, pampered, mommas boys and girls.... sniff your nostrils away.... do your drugs... do it.....
Its what makes us normal people tick... we know whats real... whats important...
You all who are ranting about why CNN would carry this story need to be reminded that this is a blog ABOUT SHOWBIZ. Why would you deliberately click on a SHOWBIZ article and then get mad cuz it's about... SHOWBIZ!!!?!?!?! Why don't you all go find something IMPORTANT to be angry about?
Prima donna...he wouldn't have gotten that way if people weren't constantly kissing his arse.
All you guys complaining about the value of publishing this article: why are you even reading the Entertainment section if it's so lowly to you in the first place?
So some people like it. So CNN provides it. Big deal. Don't read it. Read the US News, Business, Health, World News... sections instead.
Uh, like, who cares?!!! Means absolutely nothing to me.
Patriot in the Midwest – You make it sound like this was the lead story on the site or some banner headline. It's in the entertainment section, what are they supposed to report on the weather?
Patriot in the Midwest: let's look at this. You critcize CNN for making the article newsworthy, and then you ask CNN readers to come up with ideas on how to put them out business. Then you say they are a socialist agendized politically driven mouthpiece. Based on what? Them not agreeing to your every viewpoint.
OK. Now it makes sense :-(
I love to see Jackson's movies because he is very entertaining to watch. These types of scenarios is the reason I do not want to know about celebrities' personal lives, because it is usually a very undesirable quality that is reported. Celebrities usually feel above everyone else because the public helps to permeate this image and the celebrities feel they must act it out as well. I understand the handler did not do their job very well but there was no need to humilate someone over something this trivial. When you read about everyday people that do extraordinary things-like the pilot who landed the plane on the water safely, you have to shake your head at these celebrities the way they handle their difficult moments.
While Ralph maybe speaking from the cuff, I agree with him, I read both (Fox and CNN) and really hate how little coverage one gives on important matters like the war and the economy and what real American Hero's are doing, and not on Hollywood garbage. If you want to read about Hollywood crap call your web site Gossip.com and report real news.
Is this a news-worthy story? Samuel L. Jackson needs to remember that he is typecast irrespective of how popular he may be and his talent is limited. CNN needs to remember that celebrities are not that important.
Chris, FOX is not much better. These days cable news seems to be an excuse for TV tabloid journalism because thats exactly what each and every one of them do. Its all about sensationalism, ratings, powerful friends, and the almighty dollar.
Even the local news cant do real reporting without making a splash on the nightly news.
Its sad that the average American feels the need to rely on these self serving pundits for what is considered news. Most so-called news isnt even news worthy. Its only reported to serve some alterior motive or to assist a friend who is in a position of power or prestige. Like I said, self serving pundits, each and every one of them.
C'mon people... this is a tiny section of a huge website that covers a wide range of news. If you look in the entertainment section... don't get angry when you get celebrity gossip blogs.
Want "real news"? The front page is covered with it.
To Ralph –
This was in the entertainment section of CNN.com...get overself. CNN can report on the famous just as easily as the infamous.
Like Di always says..be humble to the common people..or you will feel like Samuel does now! Shalom my friends. Remember, Matt Sobel does not give attitude to nobody. Unless you deserve it! I find filling the pipe a rewarding way to avoid getting antsy with the papparoachies. Perhaps Samuel's bowl went dry? May the Torah protect you. mattie
I sense jealousy in the force.
To "Ralph" –
At least CNN doesn't spout off Republican propaganda like FOX News does. If you think CNN is a joke, then FOX News is childish entertainement. Besides, there are people out there who do care about Celebrity News, just look at all the Celebrity Gossip Magazines, US Weekley, Cosmo, the list goes on and on. Cut them some slack.
"Who the hell made the decision that this article was news-worthy? I mean, really!?!?!?"
Slow news day in the "Look at us We're celebrities" department.
CNN is no longer a news outlet. Theyre a socialist agendized, politically driven mouth piece for everything thats wrong with our country. It explains why they dont understand how so many Americans can be so ticked off over the health care sham.
What I want to know is how do we get idiots like CNN & MSNBC to go out of business?
ralph – if you think CNN is a bunch of idiots, then why are you on their webpage. You sound like the idiot.
Ya it wasn't the interviewer,. LBW.
The handler was interfering in the interviews and photos from the sounds of it.
You read it. You can't UNread it.
Only CNN would carry a story like this. Not a real news site.
I don't know katluver, but it made you stop loving cats for a whole 20 seconds to read the article.
Ummmmmmmmmmm.... WHO CARES!!!!
Seriously CNN? Do you remember when you were an actual news organization and not just a second printing of your sister company TMZ? You are no longer anything but a gossip publisher. Shame on you, shame.
No, it means when you take on an assignment do your job. That's the problem in our glorious country, some workers have become slackers. another unreliable LBW ...shoot off at the mouth and never on time with the deliverables...weighed down with excuses and work-a-rounds...you know what I'm talking about...wrinkled clothes, unpolished shoes, always looking for a short cut...never read the manuals...cheat on break times...another unreliable... you know what I'm saying...do what is expected than it won't be nothing if you don't start nothing! Do your job!
What was the chapter from Ezekiel? If he starts reciting that then scram. quick.
You seriously consider that verbal abuse?
I dont think verbal abuse amounts to merely intimidating people but to systematic belittling and intimidation over the course of days or weeks.
Anything less than that is just whining.
dreamboat, no-class move? “MAN, WHO ARE YOU?!?!?” Obviously, you don't get out often...
I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration?
Jack (and LBW),
perhaps more often THAN not, people type "then" instead of "than". I guess none of us is perfect. Let's all genuflect, shall we? No, and let's not cast stones, either.
Samuel Jackson is an angry diva – I don't understand why he keeps getting revered and patted on the back for continual rude behavior – he is not any better than many actors and uses his fame to espouse his bigoted political views and angry attitude.
If the media would ignore him, maybe he would go away!
Who the hell made the decision that this article was news-worthy? I mean, really!?!?!?
If he's that over-sensitive why doesn't he act like an adult & bring his own handler with him????? Love your work . . . . but get a grip!
There was no other way for Mr. Jackson to resolve this issue? Being verbally abusive was his only recourse? I don't care who you are or how rich or famous you are, this was a no-class move.
To LBW: Did you read the article? Mr. Jackson had no problem with the interviewers. His problem was with his own red carpet "handler" or PR person. Haven't you ever hired someone to do a job, then been completely dissatisfied with the result? It sounds to me like a case of simple frustration with the actions of an employee, nothing more. Why is this a big enough deal to even write an article?
Seems so. What I don't understand is why people are so easily enamored with those self-centered, egostical folks who call themselves 'celebrities'. I'm pretty sure they put their pants on one-leg-at-a-time, just like the rest of us.
Yes, LBW, we should. Because Samuel L. Jackson will bust you upside your head with his godly powers.
In future? This should be common practice.
LBW, what an ignorant thing to say. Show some class would you and shut up
No. When escorting him from interview to interview, you should stay the *F* out of his limelight and personal space.
Quoted "So in the future when interviewing the godly Mr. Jackson, you should bow your head and get on your knees."
Because Mr. Jackson was upset that a man was not performing his job to his liking? If I go to McDonalds and they hand me a cheeseburger instead of a chicken sandwhich, i'm going to call them out on it.
Judge not, lest ye be judged as jealous....
LBW, I think you misread the story.
And yet again CNN flaunts its obsession with celebrities. You people are idiots. Seriously, it's time to stop calling yourselves a "media" organization, cause ya aint.
So in the future when interviewing the godly Mr. Jackson, you should bow your head and get on your knees.
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