Samuel L. Jackson Details Feud w/ Spike Lee For Turning Down Role In ‘Malcolm X’ Due To Salary Dispute

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Samuel L. Jackson Details Feud w/ Spike Lee For Turning Down Role In ‘Malcolm X’ Due To Salary Dispute

Samuel L. Jackson is opening up about his previous falling out with Spike Lee.

During a recent interview, the actor revealed that his feud with Lee was due to a salary dispute for the film “Malcolm X,” which ultimately led to Jackson turning down the role of Baines.

Samuel L. Jackson explained,

“I actually read with most of the people who auditioned for ‘Malcolm X.’ I was supposed to be the guy that turned Malcolm X on to Islam in prison. I forget who played that role. But it was still down to that Spike Lee scale-plus-10 salary thing. I was like, ‘I’m not going to work for no scale-plus-10.’”

The “scale plus 10” salary refers to a pay rate for actors with a minimum daily or weekly pay rate established by the Screen Actors Guild. The “plus 10” refers to the 10 percent of an actor’s pay that goes toward their agent.

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Jackson continued,

“I used to call my agent every day to see if I had any auditions, callbacks, whatever. And my line to her every day was, ‘Hollywood call?’ She was like, ‘No, sir.’ So one day I called, she said, ‘As a matter of fact, yeah they did. You just won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.’ And I’m like, ‘What? For what?’ She said, ‘”Jungle Fever.”‘ I said, ‘They don’t give supporting actor awards at Cannes.’ She’s like, ‘They made up one for you.’ Get the f*ck out of here! ‘And consequently, these people in Hollywood want to see you for this movie ‘White Sands.’”

Jackson shared that he decided to star in “White Sands” instead of “Malcolm X” and that is when he and Spike Lee fell out.

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White Sands is a 1992 crime thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson that stars Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mickey Rourke. The film is about a U.S. southwestern small-town sheriff who finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. The sheriff impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.

“Malcolm X” is an American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett. The movie went on to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actor for Washington and Best Costume Design for Ruth E. Carter.

It took some years, but Lee and Jackson mended their relationship, partly because of their wives.

Samuel L. Jackson explained in a previous interview,

“[Our] wives would interact often, and we would all end up going to dinner together. Our relationship healed over those dinners and conversations. He told me at dinner he was going to remake ‘Oldboy’, and I was like, ‘Can I be in it?’”

Jackson said working with Lee was just like old times.

“It was just like we’d never stopped. He’s very efficient, knows what he wants and doesn’t get in my way artistically–whatever I come with, I come with, and it’s cool.”

Prior to their falling out, Jackson starred in several of Lee’s blockbuster hits including, “Jungle Fever,” “Do The Right Thing,” and “School Daze.”

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Authored by: Monique Nicole