ReyTheHussein Explains His “Stan”ism, motherfuckers.
I had this idea for a few days now.
Plus, it keeps up the streak of “Star Wars” pictures. Awww Yeeeaahh.
When I saw Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction”, a life-long Stan-ism began. Between the cool way he handles his business, the cool gun he whipped around, and his powerful method of speaking, and his overall bad assness, I had myself a new (anti)Hero.
After that, I made it a point to check out Sam Jackson’s other stuff, based on that performance alone. “Changing Lanes” con Ben Affleck? Check. “Freedomland”? Check. “Jackie Brown”? Check. “The Incredibles?” (he was “Frozone”) Check. Plus, he was Mace friggin’ Windu, 2nd baddest Jedi Knight on the planet. Hate on the prequels all you want, you assholes, but Mace Windu did not disappoint.
So, from his landmark performance in “Pulp Fiction” was born a simple rule. The “Sam Jackson” rule states: “Because ___ was so awesome in ___, I’m gonna support them and their career for as long as they be doing what theys be doin’.” It applies to movies and music…Not so much TV shows, but that’s cuz 85% of what’s on TV is tear-i-bull.
Without further ado, here is Uncle The Hussein’s list of Actors and Musicians that have been given “Sam Jackson Rule” status.
Samuel L. Jackson- Duh.
Flick what started it all- “Pulp Fiction”. ‘Nuff Said.
Examples of the rule in effect- “Room 1408” scared the ever-loving shit out of me, but I saw it cuz he was in it. “Snakes on a Plane” was awesomely bad, but if like, Young Jeezy or some such was in it, I wouldn’t have seen it.
Ryan Reynolds- Yeppers.
Flick what started it all- “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”. Man, I still wanna be Van Wilder. He was the coolest guy ever, and he got away with wacky schemes, and hooked up with hot chicks, and threw awesome parties, but he was also cool enough to hang with and build up the nerds, the fatties, and the Tajses.
Examples of the rule in effect- “Just Friends”, an only kiiinda funny story about a formerly fat kid all grown up and trying to woo his high school crush. “Waiting” was pretty funny, but RyRey’s [||] presence in it made it better, and his speech trying to justify sleeping with a hot 17 year old was HI-larious. “Blade Trinity” was pretty good too, but RyRey talkin’ shit at Parker Posey and fighting with Triple H made it awesome. Plus! He was on an episode of Scrubs, the season finale of Season 2. Awesomeness meets Awesomeness!
Joe Budden- I am the crowned prince of Joe Budden stans, and anyone that’s ever been around for a Budden thread on www.nahright.com knows that I’ll defend Joey every day all day. Oh yeah, and that’s B-U-D-D-E-N!
Album what started it all- Um, Pretty much the only album he ever put out. At that point in my life, my family was in the middle of Citi-fucking-Bank trying to steal our house from us, and the last thing I wanted to hear was 50 Cent’s stupid ass rapping about his money or his status as a P.I.M.P.. I couldn’t relate to that bullshit, but I could relate to a guy from Jersey City (where I spent a few summers growing up) trying to deal with depression and genuine angst. I liked that the guy was talking about himself and his situations honestly, and tracks like “Ten Minutes” and “Walk With Me” hit me like a ton of bricks. (not literally, cuz I’d be dead..sillies). When the album was over I wanted more music from this guy, to see if he makes it out of the black…cuz then that would give me hope that I could too. Fast forward 4 years later AND I’M STILL FUCKING WAITING! GET OFF YOUR ASS, MR. CARTER!
Examples of the rule in effect- Um, Mood Muzik 1 & 2, “Broken Wings Freestyle”, the billion arguments me and Ty (http://newjerseydrive.wordpress.com) have gotten into with other people about Joey’s talent, staying my ass at www.joebudden.org listening to his catalogue, erasing my entire MySpace profile and replacing it with the lyrics to “Whatever it takes” during a difficult time, and basically keeping the proverbial light on for any new material he might make.
Kanye West- Duh.
Song What Started it all- “Through The Wire”. Anyone that read my review of Kanye West’s “Graduation” knows how I feel about that. Anyone who didn’t read it should fuckin’ read it.
Examples of the rule in effect- I’m on my 3rd copy of “The College Dropout”, I bought “Late Registration” the day it came out, I copped “Graduation” before work on the day it came out–and made myself late for work in the process. Not to mention downloading or checking out anything he might be rapping on.
The Rock- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was so danged entertaining in the WWF/WWE that you know any project the guy is associated with is gonna be worth checking out.
Flick What Started It All- Probably any one of his promos (in-ring speeches) from like late 1997-2001.
Examples of the rule in effect- I’ve seen every one of his movies in the theater. For those keeping count, that’s “The Mummy Returns”, “The Scorpion King”, “The Rundown”, “Walking Tall”, “Be Cool”, “Doom”, and “Gridiron Gang”. To answer your next question, yes, I will be seeing the movie he has coming out on Friday, “The Game Plan”.
Other Notables: I own every Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy album ever made–and that’ll continue… Fall Out Boy–I paid $13 for their first album, a 9 song LP of “Demo” quality material, and I proudly own their whole catalogue (sorry Thor) except for that acoustic one… Scrubs— I’ve seen every episode from seasons 1-5 at least twice, and thanks to Comedy Central, I’m able to catch up on Season 6 now. (I see you Busta!)… I check out MekaSoul’s blog at www.hiphopdx.com every day, and everyday I’m impressed. Sometimes I couldn’t disagree more, but dude is the truth… The homey IFux (http://ifux.blogspot.com) is the best blogger out there right now. Yeah, I said it. He stays with sports, music, and pop culture news, plus he’s not afraid to get personal… Nas, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, The Game, Bubba Sparxxx all have guaranteed purchases from me from now until they quit… Quentin Tarantino is a flippin’ genius, and I’ll see anything he directs… and George Lucas is awesome, absolutely awesome.
Call Reynolds (not Ryan), Cuz it’s a Wrap.
So that’s the Samuel L. Jackson rule. The movie guys are more entertaining, but the music guys have all helped me figure out stuff that I couldn’t have figured out on my own, or they provided a pick-me-up during really tough times, and I know that they’ll probably never read this, nevermind actually be somewhere I’m at in order for me to say thank you, but *shrug* Such is the Sam Jackson rule, and such is my standom. You don’t really forget about the people who help you thru difficult times, whether they knew they helped out or not.
Are you asking me for a CHAAALLLLLEEEENNNNGGGEEEE????
Yes I am. What your ol’ pal ReyTheHussein would like is to know is what artists, directors, or actors/actresses make your “No Questions Asked, I’m Checking Their New Ish Out!” list?
Leave your own Sam Jackson Rule list in the comments section and we’ll chop it up.