The main Oscar that Samuel L. Jackson has at any point won is a privileged sculpture, yet the acting symbol wouldn’t fret thinking about he’s spent more than 10 years and counting playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe robust Nick Fury. As Jackson told the Los Angeles Times, he’d prefer to make billion-dollar-netting Marvel motion pictures than win Oscars or pursue down Oscar-goading jobs.
“As jaded as I wanted to be about it, you know thinking, ‘Well, I should have won an Oscar for this or should have won for that and it didn’t happen,’ once I got over it many years ago, it wasn’t a big deal for me,” Jackson said. “I always have fun going to the Oscars. I always look forward to getting a gift basket for being a presenter. [Laughs] I give stuff to my relatives; my daughter and wife would take stuff out. It’s cool…But otherwise, I was past it.”
Jackson added, “I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor. My yardstick of success is my happiness: Am I satisfied with what I’m doing? I’m not doing statue-chasing movies. You know [whispers]: ‘If you do this movie, you’ll win an Oscar.’ No, thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in my hand.”
Saying this doesn’t imply that Jackson accepts he shouldn’t have an acting Oscar added to his repertoire at this point. The entertainer told The Sunday Times in March that he ought to have won the Oscar for supporting entertainer when he was nominated for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” Jackson was nominated that year against Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”), Chazz Palminteri (“Bullets Over Broadway”), Paul Scofield (“Quiz Show”), and Gary Sinise (“Forrest Gump”). Landau was granted the Oscar. Jackson said he additionally passed up one more Oscar for “Wilderness Fever,” for which he wasn’t even designated.
Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that he is fine with giving up Oscar roles if it means making movies that people want to see so they can get out of themselves. “That’s the guy I chose to be and I’m fine with it. I’m satisfied because that’s who I am. I’m the guy who does the lines that people see on T-shirts. There are actors who go their whole careers and no one can quote a line they’ve said in a movie. People go to watch my movies to see how crazy I’m going to be or see how many times I say motherfucker. Whatever gets them in the seats.”
Marvel fans will get to Jackson repeating his role of Nick Fury in the impending Disney+ series “Secret Invasion.” The show stars Jackson inverse individual MCU alumni like Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, and Don Cheadle.