Samuel L. Jackson has misunderstood my question. And, you NEVER want Samuel L. Jackson to misunderstand your question. He’s giving me a look like he just found out I was the one who brought the snakes onto the plane.
The misunderstanding starts with a question about how busy Jackson is as an actor. Along with his commercials for Capital One, Jackson has appeared in one big motion picture after another: “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and the upcoming “Kong; Skull Island.”
Jackson thinks mentioning how much he works is a complaint. A quick explanation the observation is meant to point out a good thing takes the edge off the moment.
“For a moment there, I thought you weren’t happy about all the work I do,” Jackson tells me during an interview for his latest work in “Kong: Skull Island.”
In the film, set at the end of the Vietnam War, Jackson plays a military man who jumps at a chance to lead his men on one more mission even if it is babysitting a group of scientists who want to go to a mysterious island. There he faces the biggest battle of his life facing a giant ape.
The reason Jackson works so much is very simple.
“I love acting. It’s a passion,” Jackson says. “Writers get up and write. Painters get up and paint. If I could get up and act every day, I would be happy. That would be a wonderful thing.”
When Jackson was trying to get his career started and living in New York, he was always reading plays, auditioning for plays or acting in plays. He knew then that acting was a great passion in his life. He loves acting so much, Jackson hasn’t followed the lead of his peers and opted to go behind the camera as a director because it would take away from his acting time.
Just be careful how you ask him about his long resume.
Son of a gun
The name of Philip Winchester’s character in the new NBC legal drama, “Chicago Justice,” will sound a little familiar to fans of the “Law & Order” franchise. His character of Peter Stone is the son of Ben Stone, the character played by Michael Moriarty on “Law & Order” from 1990-1994.
Both the Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises are from executive producer Dick Wolf.
Winchester explains that his character had no plans to become a lawyer but opted for a career in professional baseball. When an injury ended that dream, he became a lawyer.
As for the relationship between son and father, it’s all a matter of agreeing to disagree.
“I think there are some fundamental similarities in him that he doesn’t want to acknowledge, and those are the challenges every time he steps into the courtroom,” Winchester says. “I think he always has the whispers of his dad in the back of his head when he’s prosecuting a case, when he’s cross examining, when he’s closing arguments in front of the jury.
“I think he’s the third eye that we all have looking at us, and that’s a judgment that he has to come to bear with every time he gets into the courtroom.”
Winchester’s character is the Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. For him, it’s more than a job, it’s a purpose and that often puts him in direct conflict with Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers), the Cook County State’s Attorney who sees the world through a political prism.
The father-son element is just part of the way the character has been written that excites Winchester.
“We all want to play characters that have flaws, because they’re more interesting. Because we’re all flawed. We all operate out of lies that we believe in ourselves. And I think that the sooner we dive into those things in these characters, the better it is for all of us on the show and the better it is for you as an audience,” Winchester says.
Guest list: Little Mix will take the stage at the “2017 Kids’ Choice Awards” airing at 8 p.m. March 11. Nominated in the new category of Favorite Global Music Star, the group will perform a medley of their hit singles “Shout Out to My Ex” and “Touch.” Little Mix joins previously announced performers Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, who will be performing their platinum-selling No. 1 single, “Bad Things.”
John Cena will host.
Not Strange: Showtime Networks will air the five-part series “Melrose” starring and executive produced by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch. Filming starts in August.
The production skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.