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Samuel L. Jackson: Shyamalan Was a Harsh Dictator During Unbreakable!

MOVIE NEWS – It seems that M. Night Shyamalan was to be a lot harder to work with. Samuel L. Jackson remembers that the director behaved like a “dictator” during the filming of Unbreakable back in 2000 but he thinks that Shyamalan has mellowed out a lot since then, so that made the filming Glass a completely different experience. The final film in the trilogy is preparing to hit theatres next week and expectations are sky-high for fans, who have been waiting for a true sequel to Unbreakable for nearly twenty years now.

Back when Unbreakable has been filmed, M. Night Shyamalan just had the success of 1999’s The Sixth Sense to be proud of. The Sixth Sense started Shyamalan’s career and it earned him six Academy Award nominations, which included Best Director and Best Writing. With that kind of huge success, it’s easy to understand, why the director may have some extra pressure to perform. Samuel L. Jackson spoke about working with Shyamalan back then.

“He used to be a really harsh dictator. He’s mellowed. He used to say, Do it like this. And then he would tell you, Do it this way. Don’t blink. Don’t move. Just say the words. And you’d say the words and he’d go, No. Don’t emphasize that word. Emphasize this word.”

Which made matters even more difficult was the fact that Samuel L. Jackson was on the Unbreakable set for a short time. He says that he only worked “13 days, but I was in Philly for two-and-a-half months.” Jackson also noticed that the sets around the area all had to be kept in place because M. Night Shyamalan insisted that they shoot the movie in sequence, which was quite expensive and hard to pull off.

After that experience since a long 20 years ago, Samuel L. Jackson said that it was a lot different working with M. Night Shyamalan on Glass. Instead of the director being a dictator he was back then, during the shooting of Glass he was open to suggestion this time around and it appears that Jackson took advantage of this fact. Jackson knows how the director works, so he used that when working on the upcoming movie. Jackson explains.

“I did it the way I wanted to do it. He would go, You want to do it another way? I’d go, No. Because you go to the editing room. I don’t. You like the way you want me to do it. You’re going to look at that first. I’m not going to give you that option.”

As for why a sequel to Unbreakable didn’t happen sooner, Samuel L. Jackson believes that it’s because, “it didn’t make as much money as the I-See-Dead-People movie,” jokingly referring to The Sixth Sense. Jackson and co-star Bruce Willis had talked about making a sequel for years, but Shyamalan wasn’t interested at those particular times. However, one day, out of the blue, he told Jackson to go watch Split, without telling him anything about the movie. Jackson soon signed on to star in Glass. The interview with Samuel L. Jackson was originally conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.

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