Jackson Falls For The Blues After Playing Guitar Man
SAMUEL L. JACKSON worked so hard to learn to play the guitar for his new role as a blues guitarist in BLACK SNAKE MOAN, the instrument has replaced golf as his number one obsession.
The actor hasn't been hitting the links and courses as much after discovering his new passion for playing the blues.
And he has David Letterman's resident The Late Show guitarist FELICIA COLLINS to blame for sparking his musical interests.
He explains, "I was backstage at the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame ceremony watching U2 perform and this voice comes up behind me and says, `You should play a bluesman in a movie. Let me teach you how to play guitar.'
"It was Felicia Collins. At that time I hadn't even heard about Black Snake Moan, so I kind of laughed and said, `Yeah right.' She gave me her numbers and then I got Black Snake the next week.
"I went to the Academy Awards, and, in the gift basket, there was a Gibson studio model guitar to order, that they make for you. I had the guitar made and came back to New York and Felicia became my guitar teacher."
Jackson's lessons continued on the set of SNAKES ON A PLANE, when the film's prop master offered to help out, and, by the time the Pulp Fiction star hit the set of Black Snake Moan, he really could play the blues.
Now his love of playing has turned into a bit of an obsession: "I had no guitars when I started, and now I have seven, so I pretty much run around with a guitar everywhere I go."