Somebody get this motherf-ckin' money in my motherf-ckin' pockets!
Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in over 100 movies, which have raked in a total of $7.4 billion. This is according to the Guinness World Records. So I guess his saying yes to every role paid off. Literally. He has officially been named the highest grossing actor of all time.
Jackson beat out Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Matt Damon. The honor comes from Jackson making movies like Jurassic Park, which made $914 million. And he knew better than to say no to Star Wars. His portrayal of Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels helped the franchise rake in $2 billion. Star Wars nerds helped, too.
In comparison, Matt Damon's movies have grossed 2.062 billion, with his highest grossing being The Bourne Ultimatum. It took in $227.5 million. Nicolas Cage, whose movies seem to be all over the place, is also up there. His movies have raked in 2.096 billion, and Cage has appeared in over 60 films. Some of them have been good, and others have been National Treasure, which somehow grossed $220 million.
Still, Jackson has them all be out. And he doesn’t just limit his talents to film. Jackson has recently made his Broadway debut in The Mountaintop, where he plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It was done in London, won the Olivier Award for best new play," Jackson told David Letterman when he stopped by the Late Show.
He also talked to Letterman about some darker days, specifically, his addiction to crack:
"I went to a friends bachelor party one afternoon. I had drank a whole bunch of tequila so I figured I was drunk. So when I got home I need to level myself off before my wife and daughter came.
“So I stopped by the coke man’s spot uptown, bought some coke, went home, cooked it and before I could smoke it to level off, I passed out drunk on the floor. They came in found me passed out, my cocaine was cooked on the table and my wife kind of kicked me and woke me up. Fortunately, I had a best friend in Knoxville who was a drug counselor. She called him and I was in a rehab facility the next day."
Jackson recalled: "It’s sort of maddening. You’re sitting there, kind of rushing and the world is kind of going by in a blur. And you take that hit and you kind of feel like, ‘Well if I hit it again, then I’ll get a little higher.’ You put some more in there and you light the pipe again. You keep doing it and just doesn’t happen. Then you end up going to buy some more, hoping that you’re going to get as blind as you got the first time."