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Samuel L. Jackson: The Story I Wanna See, Is The Story I Wanna See Myself In

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Samuel L. Jackson isn't in the Academy Award nominated film, "12 Years A Slave,"  but he has a few things to say about it.

Jackson, who's co-starring in the new "Robocop" remake, says that while he's pleased at the response to "12 Years..," he's also worried that it doesn't portray the real issues of racism in America today.

‘America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past,'' he told Britain's The Times.  ‘‘We freed the slaves! It's all good! But to say, 'We are still unnecessarily killing black men' - let's have a conversation about that.''

Jackson suggested that "Fruitvale Station," a film about the real-life events that led to the death of young African-American Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART police officer in Oakland in 2009, makes more relevant points about the issues of racism.

‘‘It (Fruitvale Station) explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with (popular police practice) stop and search, and is much more poignant,'' he said.

Samuel L. Jackson joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Samuel L. Jackson: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American film and television actor and film producer. After becoming involved with the Civil Rights Movement, he moved on to acting in theater at Morehouse College, and then films. He had several small roles such as in the film Goodfellas before meeting his mentor, Morgan Freeman, and the director Spike Lee. After gaining critical acclaim for his role in Jungle Fever in 1991, he appeared in films such as Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance and Jurassic Park. In 1994, he was cast as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, and his performance received several award nominations and critical acclaim.

2) Jackson has since appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, The 51st State, Jackie Brown, Unbreakable, The Incredibles, Black Snake Moan, Shaft, Snakes on a Plane, Django Unchained, as well as the Star Wars prequel trilogy and small roles in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Inglourious Basterds.

3) He played Nick Fury in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvel's The Avengers, the first five of a nine-film commitment as the character for the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Jackson is set to reprise his role as Fury in the 2014 film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

4) Jackson's many roles have made him one of the highest-grossing actors at the box office. Jackson has won multiple awards throughout his career and has been portrayed in various forms of media, including films, television series, and songs. In 1980, Jackson married LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe.

5) In October 2011, Jackson surpassed Frank Welker as the actor with the highest grossing film total of all time.

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