Samuel L. Jackson shares his frustrations over a scene cut from 1996 Time to kill which he believes would have put him at the front of the line for Academy Award consideration.
In a recent interview with VultureThe actor said he was surprised to learn that moments he considered important in the Joel Schumacher-directed film were “cut out” during the “editing process.” Specifically, a scene that he felt could have earned him a trophy.
“The stuff they put out kept me from winning an Oscar. Seriously, motherfuckers? Did you just take that shit from me?”, he told the outlet. “My first day working on that movie, I gave a speech in a room with an actor and the whole set was crying when I finished. I was like, ‘Okay. I’m on the right page.That shit is not in the movie! And I know why it isn’t. Because it wasn’t my movie and they weren’t trying to make me a star.”
Throughout his decades-long career, Jackson has starred in more than 150 projects. But aside from receiving an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar for him during the 2022 ceremony, the actor has only received one Oscar nomination for his role in 1995. pulp fiction.
He also noted that once he noticed that the scene was cut from Time to kill“It was one of the first times I saw that shit happen.”
“There are things I’ve done on other movies where I said, ‘Wait a minute. Why did you take that moment out of the movie?’” she added. “Because the moment, in that movie, is bigger than the movie.”
In the film, Jackson plays Carl Lee Hailey, a Mississippi man on trial for murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter. Once he saw the final product, the actor said that he felt the character’s perception of him changed due to the edits that were made.
“When I kill those guys, I kill them because my daughter needs to know that those guys are no longer on the planet and that they will never hurt her again, that I will do anything to protect her,” she recalled. “That’s how I played that character throughout.”
He continued, “There were specific things that we filmed, things that I did to make sure that she understood that, but in the editing process, they were cut out. And it seemed like I killed those guys and then planned my every move to make sure she would get away with it. When I saw him, he was sitting there like, What the fuck?”