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“First of all, you shouldn’t even fly unless you go with Sam Jackson, anymore, anywhere,” he said. “You never know what could happen. If you have Sam, you’re going to be cool.”

Ellis mused on whether the stuck-with-snakes theme would work in other movies.

“`Titanic’ would be good with a ton of snakes, and at the same time, the boat’s going down. That would be kind of cool,” Ellis said. “Or `Cannonball Run,’ with snakes in every car. Or, you know, there’s a lot you could do. `Top Gun’ with snakes in their planes.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.