This story about Samuel L. Jackson pushing for Glass to be made is absolute gold
The man knows what he wants.
There are some actors that just seem like they have the charisma, will, and energy to move mountains and make things happen. Samuel L. Jackson is one of these actors.
Of course, there's the famous story about how his character in Star Wars, Mace Windu, ended up with a purple lightsaber when Jedis and Siths had only been seen wielding green, blue, and red ones before.
Jackson has been very open about the fact that he went to George Lucas and asked for a purple one because he wanted to identify his character during the massive battle on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones.
Aside from this, there's also the fact that he signed up for Snakes on a Plane without reading the script based solely on the director, storyline, and most importantly, the title.
All things considered, Samuel L. Jackson does whatever the f**k he wants and it appears that his role in Glass is very much in keeping with this trend.
Of course, M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film is the sequel to Unbreakable, and fans will finally get to see the return of David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Jackson's character, Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass.
Some comic book fans will mainly associate Jackson with his role as Nick Fury in the MCU, but it appears that the Oscar-nominated actor was desperate to reprise his role as Mr. Glass.
JOE had the chance to chat with Shyamalan ahead of Glass' release on 18 January and he said that Jackson's unique brand of energy and mischief was a driving factor in making him finish the script and return to these characters.
"They were asking me all the time to make a sequel," said Shyamalan. "I'd see Bruce a bit more because he lives on the East Coast, but I'd see Sam a few times in L.A on a movie lot and he was like 'when we making that sequel motherfucker?!?' That happened twice! I'm like,Sam...I'll talk to you later!'
Of course, every villain needs a hero and the return of Bruce Willis', erm, unbreakable character was something that Shyamalan had planned right from the off.
"It was very organic, weird, and wonderful. He (Willis) was on board as soon as we pitched him that scene in Split. I screened Split to the folks at Universal and at the end of the film, they liked it, but they nearly lost their minds and said 'did we just make a sequel to another studio's film? You can't do that!" Thankfully, I already talked to Disney and explained the whole thing and they were cool about it."
Glass is set to be released in Irish cinemas on 18 January.
Clip via Universal Pictures