Jackson Toned Down New “Shaft” Laughs

Jackson Toned Down New Shaft Laughs

Samuel L. Jackson is reprising his role of Nick Fury in this weekend’s “Captain Marvel,” but the actor will soon be returning to his role of another character from a very different franchise – “Shaft”.

Tim Story helms the new “Shaft” film which serves as a follow-up to both the original Richard Roundtree-led 1970s films, and the John Singleton-directed 2000 sequel which starred Jackson as Roundree’s character’s nephew. In the new one, Jessie Usher plays the son of Jackson’s Shaft.

Jackson is the only one from the 2000 film – which also starred Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright and Toni Collette – returning for this and speaking with The Playlist, he confirmed it will be set in the same universe as that film:

“Yeah, we do know. Those events have already occurred. So, this is another time. It’s, as time has moved on to this particular place. I had that kid, yes. But I had that kid in another time and space of the first movie. And, she’s left me, and now the kid is back.

In fact, in the first movie, I kept trying to find out, when do I get to be a sex machine with all the ladies? And, they were like, ‘Don’t worry, we got you.’ And I’m like, ‘No, you don’t. It’s not happening. Where is it?’ I guess, somewhere offscreen, I was a sex machine [at least once]. And [Regina Hall] had my baby.”

Jackson also says when he got the first script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris for this take on “Shaft,” he found it “a little too funny” and got them to pull back a bit on the humor:

“I had to convince them, number one, that there’s a level of mythology and respect that goes along with the John Shaft character, that you can’t make him a buffoon of any sort,” Jackson says. “He can be funny, and he can be righteous because he’s aging and times have changed.

So he can be a little bit of an anachronism, in that respect. Maybe he’s not as wily with his online skills and all that other stuff. But, you have Richard being from the generation he’s from, me being from the generation I’m from, and now you got this new kid who’s a millennial, who’s all digital and not street. Raised in private schools and all this other stuff. So, we gotta teach him how to be a Shaft.”

“Shaft” opens nationwide in the U.S. on June 14th before going out everywhere else on Netflix on June 28th.