If you’ve been following my social media posts through the last week, you know I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to see Incredibles 2, interview talent from the film and take a trip to Disneyland to learn about Pixar Fest. It was nothing short of an amazing time, just as the pictures show!
(Disney invited me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for our coverage of events. As always, all opinions are my own.)
One of my favorite interviews was with Samuel L. Jackson, the voice of Frozone / Lucius Best in the Incredibles films. YES, we interviewed Samuel L. Jackson! EEK! (This almost tops my interview with Ellen and George Clooney. Almost… In fact, I’ll call it a three way tie.)
How do you feel about an Incredibles sequel right after the first, and how do you feel about it now that it’s actually happening?
Samuel L. Jackson: I’m relieved now! That was a lot of pressure. … My feed is always full of (people asking) when are they going to make Incredibles 2? When are they going to make The Incredibles 2? …like it was my decision! Now, I feel a lot better knowing the pressure has been relieved, and they’ve made it! People can be happy.
Was it easy to pick up your character from the first one and bring it into this one?
Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah, of course.
Did you know you were going to spend the next decade-plus in superhero world after you did the first movie?
Samuel L. Jackson: It’s like I said, people have been asking ‘where?’ ‘where?’ ‘where?’ ‘where is it?’ ‘where is it?’ ‘where is it?’ … because everybody, according to the way the last one ended, just assumed there was going to be another one. And Brad Bird went off and started doing, you know, real people movies, and I don’t think they wanted to put it (this film) in the hands of anybody else. And it’s also one of those kind of things where the first movie was so perfect, and so awesome, that you got to say to yourself, “Can we really do something that awesome and just a little bit more awesome the next time so it justifies us doing a sequel?” And I think they accomplished it, you know? I mean, the movie is kind of awesome.
I couldn’t agree more! (I can’t wait for everyone to see the film so you know just how awesome it is!)
Would you like to see a Frozone movie in itself?
Samuel L. Jackson: Oh, I always like seeing a movie with myself in it! Anything starring me is a good idea, so yeah.
How much do you relate to Frozone? I feel like if you were a superhero that would be you.
Samuel L. Jackson: Really? I’d be shooting ice, not fire, I’m not hot like that? Oh, I see! Oh, fire is for the Black Panther guy. Old guys get to be cool, not hot. That’s a little ageism, I’m feeling a little Me Too about that!
As we laughed, a comment was made to say “I would think you throw fire with the last name Fury.”
Samuel L. Jackson: Yeah-yeah-yeah. Of course, but it would be like, what is it, dry ice? It will burn you when you touch it!
We know that your power in the movie is ice even though you’re hot in real life, but what is your real life superpower?
Samuel L. Jackson: Earning money for my wife and daughter! …surviving thirty-eight years of marriage. Yeah, that’s the superpower!
If you could voice a different character from Incredibles, which one would you be?
Samuel L. Jackson: Edna. Edna is just the dope-est, she’s just, you know, wise cool dry, unaffected by the world, you know. The world revolves around her!
What advice would you give to young actors just starting out?
Samuel L. Jackson: Just starting out – oh wow. Do as much theater as you can do. You know, fame is a drug that these people, young people now have, because it seems so accessible. If you do enough, you know, you do enough online or you get enough likes or people get enough eyes on you, you become famous for just no reason, or for reasons that aren’t worth talking about. But if you’re serious about it- go to New York. Challenge yourself. On stage or off Broadway, on Broadway …work with as many different kinds of actors and directors as you can and learn the craft. Upstage, downstage, stage right, stage left, being dominant and being submissive on stage.
There’s a wealth of information to be gained from working in front of real people every night and getting (claps) or getting that (laughter) because you learn from that. And there’s no real way to know you can do it until you hear people say it or you’re in a theater and you feel the energy of the audience when you’re doing something. What you made them say or you hear them, ‘awe’, then you make them happy. They laugh, they applaud, they cheer, they sigh, they do whatever…
When you feel the energy of people, then you know ‘okay, this works, that works, that doesn’t work, this works.’ So when you get to this place, or on a screen somewhere, you don’t have to question what you do, it feels right, and you know it works!
Incredibles 2 In Theaters June 15