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Samuel L. Jackson: M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t made a good movie since ‘Unbreakable’

- December 19th, 2012

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Sam Jackson is not one to mince words.

After New York Times film scribe A.O. Scott gave The Avengers a bad review last May, the actor tweeted:

Now, he’s taking a non-too subtle dig at director M. Night Shyamalan, with whom he made 2000′s Unbreakable.

While promoting this month’s Django Unchained, he was asked by The Huffington Post whether fans could expect a sequel. Jackson replied: “There were supposed to be three. I don’t know… You’ll have to ask the brilliant director who wrote it and didn’t do the rest of them.”

HuffPo mentioned that instead of sequels to Shyamalan’s superhero fable, the director went on to make films like The Last Airbender and The Happening.

“I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since then,” Jackson replied.

He then contrasted Shyamalan’s filmmaking approach with his frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino, who directs Jackson in Django. “…There’s, you know, ‘I’m smarter than everybody coming to watch my movie.’ Quentin’s not that. He’s just, ‘I want you to love my movie. I want you to love it and enjoy it because this is fucking cool.’”

But he still thinks there’s an audience waiting for Unbreakable 2 – if and when it gets made. When asked what he thinks the reaction would be if the sequel was announced tomorrow, Jackson said it would be huge.

“Everybody would be waiting for it, yeah… It would trend through the roof now on Twitter.”

For the record, Bruce Willis told me more or less the same thing when I interviewed him in 2010.

“I think we should make another Unbreakable,” he said.

In the HuffPo interview, Jackson also revealed that he would be willing to come back for Star Wars VII, despite dying in Episode III.

“(Mace Windu) just went out the window. He’s a Jedi! He could have landed on a ledge.”

What do you think: Is M. Night really that bad? Would you be excited for another Unbreakable? Let us know in the comments.

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2 comments

  1. James | December 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

    as much as i liked unbreakable and would like to see a sequel, m. night is no longer the man to do it. it’s time to hang them up.

    (for the record, i liked signs. that’s three good movies. but that’s it.)

  2. Roger | December 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Not likely what M.Night wants to hear, but Samuel Jackson is telling the truth – M.Night hasn’t made a good movie since ‘Unbreakable’. ‘Signs’ certainly has some great moments (*although it’s ultimately undone by one of the worst climaxes in recent memory), but since then, he’s made aggressively mediocre movies that just seem to be less and less inspired – we get it M.Night, you like “twist” endings!

    And he really needs to *stop* stunt casting himself in his own films.

    Maybe a sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ would get him back on track.

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