Samuel L. Jackson would say yes to TV and theater, but no to directing

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — As Samuel L. Jackson celebrates his 69th birthday Thursday, he feels one aspect is missing from his celebrated acting career: a series that would be must-see TV.

“I mean, everything can’t be Breaking Bad. Everything can’t be Game of Thrones. Everything can’t be Narcos,” he tells “But if I did a television show I would want people to want to see it every week, and not, ‘Oh, I have to finish this because I started it.’ I want it to be something compelling.”

Jackson says he’s also interested in returning to his live theater roots. He worked regularly on the New York City theater scene in the 1980s. His most recent Broadway experience was starring as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2011 in The Mountaintop, opposite Angela Bassett.

“I kind of miss eight shows a week, doing something from beginning to end, rather than going to work every day and doing a little piece of something,” he says.

The Pulp Fiction star is currently shooting Son of Shaft in Atlanta with Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, and Alexandra Shipp, under the direction of Tim Story. After more than 40 years in acting, it would seem a natural progression for Jackson to move into directing, but he claims he doesn’t want to work behind the camera.

“What’s keeping me from directing is the fact that directing takes up almost a year of your life,” he says. “When you direct a movie, you’ve got to cut it and then you’ve got to be dealing with the music and then you’ve got to run around the world talking about it — and [as an actor] I could do four movies in that time.”

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