- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 19, 2007


In “Resurrecting the Champ,” Samuel L. Jackson plays a homeless retired boxer trying to understand his own truth. Last week he answered a few questions for The Washington Times.

What brought you to this role?

I thought the story was compelling. I thought it was great for audiences to see this story, especially with me in it. [Jackson laughs]

Was it difficult playing a homeless person?

I’ve been around homeless people before. I’ve spent some times with some homeless people. I didn’t have to worry about any illnesses like before [in “The Caveman’s Valentine.”]

What should audiences take away from this film?

That everybody’s truth is kind of different. When we set out to live up to people’s expectations, you need to have your laws down — what you want to happen and not what they want to happen.

What is different about sports movies?

They find a place and do well with a lot of people because they like underdogs and when the underdog wins.

What are your favorite sports movies?

“Raging Bull”

“Requiem for a Heavyweight”

“North Dallas Forty”


“Dead Solid Perfect”

Kevin Brewer

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