Samuel L. Jackson, The highest-grossing actor in the world, he has made more than 100 films (all the more impressive when you consider he got his international breakthrough in Pulp Fiction at 46).
He is also the only actor to have commanded anything as huge as a nine- picture deal – at 66 he is on his seventh film of this contract with Marvel.
Jackson got his start in films playing a drug addict. He credits Eddie Murphy for his first speaking role which launched his career in ‘Coming To America’.
The irony was that at the time Jackson was playing these roles as a drug addict Jackson was an actual addict , addicted to crack cocaine and heroine. And while completing these films, Jackson drug addiction had worsened. After previously overdosing on heroin several times, Jackson gave up the drug in favor of cocaine. After seeing the effects of his addiction, his family entered him into a New York rehab clinic.
When he successfully completed rehab, Jackson appeared in Jungle Fever, as a crack cocaine addict, a role which Jackson called cathartic as he was recovering from his addiction. Jackson commented on the transition, “It was a funny kind of thing. By the time I was out of rehab, about a week or so later I was on set and we were ready to start shooting.” The film was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a special “Supporting Actor” award just for him.
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