Samuel L. Jackson is one Hollywood’s most hardworking (and wealthiest) stars. He started acting in 1972, and he’s starred in more than 110 films since then. And that’s not counting his television and voiceover work, which would put it at more than 150 different projects.

As a result, he’s the highest all-time box office star, and the combined box office receipts of all the films he has starred in is in excess of $17 billion dollars. To put that in perspective, Donald Trump’s net worth is $3.5 billion.

However, Samuel L. Jackson’s net worth is estimated to be around $200 million (since he doesn’t pocket all the box office receipts – they go paying the other cast and crew after all). That’s still a lot of money!

So what’s his secret? Playing lethal, powerful characters, that’s what. Here’s a look at six of his deadliest roles over the years.

 

1. As Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Credit: Milton Leron Walton Facebook Profile

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Credit: Milton Leron Walton Facebook Profile

Although the Nick Fury was originally a Caucasian fellow in Marvel Comics, they decided to switch things up a bit when they created an alternate universe, known as the Ultimate Marvel universe.

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, characters were reimagined to be as realistic and gritty as possible (so no more brightly coloured spandex). Nick Fury, the head of the international spy agency SHIELD, was explicitly redesigned to look like Samuel L. Jackson (although the creators didn’t ask his permission), with a scene in the comic blatantly calling out this similarity.

When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born, Samuel L. Jackson was of course, asked to play Nick Fury. The creators were reportedly a little embarrassed that they had not asked for permission before designing comic book Nick Fury to look like Jackson, but the actor was totally cool about it, even thanking them for “the 9-picture deal” that had resulted.

Meanwhile, in the main Marvel Universe, a new character called Nick Fury Jr, the son of the original Caucasian Nick Fury, has appeared – and he looks exactly like Samuel L. Jackson.

 

2. As Mr Barron in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Samuel L. Jackson as Mr Barron in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". Credit: Tim Burton - FanPage Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as Mr Barron in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. Credit: Tim Burton – FanPage Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson’s role as the creepy Mr Barron was quite unnerving given his intensity and white eyes. He was the leader of Wights, the bad guys of the film, who needed to eat the eyes of Peculiar Children in order to survive.

If you think Wights like Mr Barron look monstrous, you should check out the Hollows. The Wights degenerate into Hollows, which are large savage monsters, when they don’t eat the eyes of Peculiar Children. And the worst part? Hollows are invisible.

 

3. As Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels

Samuel L. Jackson as as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels. Credit: Star Wars Polska Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels. Credit: Star Wars Polska Facebook Page

Why does Mace Windu have a purple lightsaber when all the other Jedi (Yoda included) only have red and blue ones?

In Attack of the Clones, the massive fight scene at the end had a legion of Jedi facing off against hordes of opponents. Jackson wanted to be able to find himself in the crowd of blue and green lightsabers, so he asked George Lucas for a purple lightsaber.

Lucas acquiesced, and thus Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber came to be.

We didn’t see the purple lightsaber in The Force Awakens, but wonder if we’ll see it in The Last Jedi?

 

4. As Neville Flynn in Snakes on a Plane

Samuel L. Jackson as as Neville Flynn in "Snakes on a Plane". Credit: Snakes on a Plane Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as as Neville Flynn in “Snakes on a Plane”. Credit: Snakes on a Plane Facebook Page

Who can forget Neville Flynn’s classic line in Snakes on a Plane? You’d only hear it in the uncensored versions of course, where he angrily spews “I’ve had it with these motherf**king snakes on this motherf**king plane!”

That’s the sort of line we’d all like to scream at work one day. Unfortunately, we don’t work on a plane and neither do we handle snakes. So we’ll just have to live vicariously through Neville.

 

5. As Frozone in The Incredibles

Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone in "The Incredibles". Credit: Superkarga Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone in “The Incredibles”. Credit: Superkarga Facebook Page

Frozone was literally the coolest dude on The Incredibles, and was voiced by an even cooler dude (Samuel L. Jackson, of course). He was a really friendly guy and never gave anyone the cold shoulder. He could create ice slides to slide from place to place as quickly as possible to avoid being frozen in one place.

Had enough cold puns yet?

 

6. As Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Credit: Kingsman: The Golden Circle Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Credit: Kingsman: The Golden Circle Facebook Page

 

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Richmond Valentine was this old man who still wanted to be young (seriously, he’s wearing a cap and fashionable glasses). However, his appearance, lisp, and pathological aversion to blood completely belied his diabolical plan.

He wanted to give out free SIM cards that had free WiFi and talk time so that everybody could communicate for free – but he secretly implanted each SIM card with a signal that would trigger blind rage and violence in each person so that they would murder everyone around them.

His rationale? Humans were a virus and global warming was Earth’s fever. His intentions were positive, in a way, but deviously misguided in execution.

 

7. As Darius Kincaid in The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid in "The Hitman's Bodyguard." Credit: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD ANTIGUA Facebook Page

Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” Credit: THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD ANTIGUA Facebook Page

In The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Samuel L. Jackson plays a notorious international hitman named Darius Kincaid who’s separated from his love, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) and has to be put on trial. However, with so many people out for revenge, he ironically needs a bodyguard to make sure he doesn’t get killed before he’s tried for his crimes (which would probably result in a death sentence).

Retribution much?

The Hitman's Bodyguard. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ryan Reynolds also stars in this action comedy as Michael Bryce, the world’s top protection agent who just so happens to be Darius Kincaid’s greatest nemesis. Unfortunately, this time around Bryce has to protect Kincaid from everyone else who wants him dead, including Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), an Eastern European dictator who wants Kincaid to be Kin-dead.

Will Kincaid survive? Will he die anyway after he survives? Who exactly is going to die in this film?

Will The Hitman’s Bodyguard be successful in protecting the hitman?

 

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Credits: Milton Leron Walton Facebook Profile, Tim Burton – Fanpage Facebook Page, Star Wars Polska Facebook Page, Snakes on a Plane Facebook Page, Superkarga Facebook Page, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – ANTIGUA Facebook Page, Golden Village Cinemas, Kingsman: The Golden Circle Facebook Page, Cinemablend.com