OnlyOnAOL: Samuel L. Jackson on why kindness is paramount

Samuel L. Jackson On "The Legend of Tarzan"
Samuel L. Jackson On "The Legend of Tarzan"

By: Donna Freydkin

Yes, he's famous for that "Pulp Fiction" monologue, the one pulsing with conviction and rage: "Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers."

In reality, Samuel L. Jackson -- now starring in "The Legend of Tarzan" -- lives by quite a different mantra.

"I was in the 'Die Hard' office one day and there's a sign on the wall that I adhere to vehemently now: 'Be careful of the toes you step on today. They could be connected to the ass you'll have to kiss tomorrow," he says.

Which is why, he says, "When I'm on a movie set, I think everyone is just as important as I am. I treat them that way. I know all the PAs' names."

Samuel L. Jackson visits AOL Hq for Build on June 29, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai
Samuel L. Jackson visits AOL Hq for Build on June 29, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai
Samuel L. Jackson visits AOL Hq for Build on June 29, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai
Samuel L. Jackson visits AOL Hq for Build on June 29, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai

Production assistants can become the writers and directors and executive producers of tomorrow.

After all, an actor can always be replaced. Good lighting, on the other hand ...

"It's a collaborative effort. We're almost the least important effort of anything," says Jackson of actors.

Take a look back at "Pulp Fiction" below.

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