Half a century ago, Samuel L. Jackson landed his first role in a feature film. Now, with nearly $5.7 billion in box office revenue, he holds the title of the highest-grossing actor of all time. From his iconic presence in Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee films to his unforgettable depiction of Nick Fury in Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has earned his place as a household name. Despite all of his success, Samuel L. Jackson has never won an Oscar. I believe his most recent performance will change that.
On Friday, March 11th, Apple TV dropped the highly anticipated The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey starring and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson. In the drama miniseries, adapted from Walter Mosley’s 2010 book of the same name, Ptolemy Grey, played by Jackson, is an ailing man who’s been forgotten by his family, friends, and due to dementia– himself.
After suddenly being left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into lonely dementia, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn, played by Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah). Together, they visit a doctor whose new treatment is designed to recover lost memories. The catch? The treatment only works once. Ptolemy decides to grasp hold of the memories he believed to be lost forever– no matter where they lead. And you’ll be shocked at where those memories take him.
The fourth installment of “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” is debuting Friday, March 25th. In this episode, “Coydog,” after unearthing a long-forgotten treasure, Ptolemy (Samuel L. Jackson) makes a plan. Later, he meets with a friend of Reggie’s (Omar Miller) and learns revelatory details.
Jackson’s Oscar-worthy performance in this series is mesmerizing, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking, while the digital effects erase decades from Jackson’s life, taking you through the important milestones in his life. Anyone who’s watched a loved one suffer from the deterioration of memory and identity will catch glimpses of themself in the poignant truths uncovered in this miniseries, coming away with renewed compassion and understanding.
I sat down with Samuel L. Jackson to talk about his role acting in and executive producing this limited series that unearths a haunted past and a long-forgotten treasure, and explores the depths of family dynamics with elderly loved ones. This is one interview you won’t be able to forget.