Hawaii Film Blog

Monday, November 07, 2005

Samuel L. Jackson Gets LVHIFF Acting Award

Samuel L. Jackson, the highest-grossing actor in movie history (his films have reaped over $3B in worldwide box office receipts), received the inaugural "Achivement in Acting" Award from the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival on Friday. Tim Ryan of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin interviewed Jackson at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and opened the floor to questions from the audience.

Much to my dismay (and the dismay of LVHIFF film program coordinator Christian Razukas, who told me about this), no one asked Jackson about his suspension from Morehouse College in 1969 after he and some of his classmates took hostage several trustees, including the father of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, during a sit-in protesting the lack of a black studies program. Instead, the questions were more like, "Did you receive Jedi training before shooting 'Star Wars'?" and "Didn't you think it was a step backward to have your character 'Shaft' work for someone else instead of for himself like in the original 'Shaft'?" Oy!

>> Working It [Hnl Star-Bulletin, 11/5/05]
>> Film fest honors veteran actor [Hnl Advertiser, 11/6/05]
>> Samuel L. Jackson to receive acting award [AP/USA Today, 11/6/05]

$20 for Sam Jackson
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