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    New York, NY – It was announced today that Samuel L. Jackson will make his Broadway debut starring as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall directed by Tony Award Nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).

    The Mountaintop will begin performances on September 22, 2011, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street), with an official opening on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Tickets for The Mountaintop will go on sale at a later date.

    The Mountaintop is produced by Jean Doumanian Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Frankel, Ted Snowdon, Bob Bartner, and Tom Wirtshafter.


    In a joint statement, Ms. Doumanian and Ms. Friedman said, “The Mountaintop is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating. We are thrilled to be bringing Katori Hall’s remarkable, Olivier-winning work to New York, and to present a singular new American voice to Broadway audiences. And we are honored to be presenting the Broadway debut of the great Samuel L. Jackson.”

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_849536.html

    What the heyll are they thinking??? Now I love me some Sam but he's a bit too angry to be playing Martin Luther King Jr not to mention old. Now I can see him playing an older Huey Newton, but MLK?? The commentators had it best:

    "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee."

    "I've seen the preview show already. There is a scene which really highlights Sam's acting skills.

    Reporter: Dr. King, what are your thoughts on white people in America?

    Dr. King: Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in HELL! "

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    I think its a great move. Sam has a lot of depth as an actor. Unfortunately, people only remember his angry type roles.

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    Hmm I think he can pull it off but he's almost 70 and when MLK was assassinated he was only 38. Plus, you got a point with the angry role thing. I can't ever remember him NOT going off in a movie. But, if I ever get a chance I'd love to see it.

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    He's too old.

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    I enjoy his as an actor and remember seeing him on stage (before he made it big in movies) when I was a little girl. He was awesome.

    TBS, everytime I see him (in anything) I immediately think of Gater.

    GIFSoup

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    Sam is 70?! WHAT? WOW

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    Sam is 70?! WHAT? WOW...

    He's not 70...but 62 is still TOO OLD for him to be MLK. lol

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    I have to say that I was thinking the same thing. I don't feel like he has enough depth nor range as an actor. I think someone like Jami Fox or Isiah Washington may have been a better choice.

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    i'm glad that he is doing something other than his angry man roles (all i can picture when i see sam jackson is the dave chapelle skit for sam jackson beer. lol. horrible i know). so i'm gonna support him on this one. however i do not see him in this role. but now a days the person doesn't have to resemble or remotely looking like or be close in age to the person they are portraying. as long as he brings his broadway theater game not his black snake moan, he's good.

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    There is a documentary I watched a long time ago on Sam and it was really good. He really does have a lot of depth. While he constantly chooses the angry roles? I don't know.

    Julia, I completely missed the word "almost"

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    sam comes from that old actor work ethic, of if there is a job you take it. as an actor you don't always have the luxury of picking and choosing because you never know when your next acting gig might be your last acting gig.

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    ^ That's true e-boo. I don't blame him for taking it, but the castors got me scratching my head. There's a lot of rumbling that Jeffrey Wright should do it or Jamie Fox.

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    well jeffery wright already played MLK in that movie made for HBO a couple of years back. i'm not sure if he wants to reprise that role again.

    what about columbus short? i know ya'll will say "no" though. i'm just thinking of younger good actors that need a shot.

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    Okay, I can see it. What about Anthony Anderson....I can see that too lol

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    ^^i have never seen anthony play in anything serious. but then again i had never seen jaime foxx play in anything serious until he did "ray". so hey... if anthony doing that part then get me some binoculars and bifocals and maybe we can both see it together.

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    hahaha Binocular and bifocals! Oh you know who we overlooked:

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    ^^ see now you pushing it. lance needs to get some more acting under his belt. at least anthony anderson was on law and order. if you want lance to play the part we need a damn telescope.

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    ETA: what about nate parker from the great debaters?

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    Hey I don't want Lance to play this role but he can be a young freedom rider.. lol

    Jessie L Martin should of done this. He would of been PERFECT! And he could of sung some Negro spirituals!

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    ^^ see!!!! this is why you are my e-boo. yuuss i can see mr. jesse l. martin playing him. he's been on broadway before and thats where he got his start in "rent". but he's supposed to be playing marvin gaye. but that has been up in the air forever. they really need to get a green light on that biopic, its been way too long.

    ETA: that is a great pic of jesse by the way. totally humpable.

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    I could see Nate Parker doing a great job as well. I lurves me some Jesse. He's mmm-mmm goodT!

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    ^^ see now you pushing it. lance needs to get...

    TA!

    Yes to Nate Parker and forgot about Jessie L Marti. How could I? He looks perfect for the job.

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    You make some good points Anais Karim. Samuel L Jackson is very varied and has a lot of depth but I'm still going to have to see it for myself because the transformation into MLK is going to have to be physical as well as his acting, especially if on the stage because the audience is watching live. I hope he pulls this off but I get more Malcom X or Huey Newton from him.

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    I love that movie!

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    Never seen that movie, but I love Sam so off to Netflix! lol

    Yay, it's on instant watch!

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    For me, it's an age thing, but black doesn't crack and that applies even to our men.

    Sam definitely has depth as an actor. The problem is his blow out roles have been the angry characters. I have to admit, I chuckled a bit because I thought about Dave Chappelle's spoof.

    (If you've never seen it there is swearing, the n-word and a disparaging mention of fat women.)

    However, buffoonery aside, I just know that Sam has been acting for years. There is no doubt he's got the chops to pull this off. Plus, this is described as a work of fiction. It could be MLK older, like if he had lived. Beyond MLK as a character, we don't know the direction of the play. I'd rather wait until it debuts and people see it to spout off about it.

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    I saw Sam Jack on stage in the late 80s, before he got famous. Before Gator and Pulp Fiction. It was a Negro Ensemble Company production called 'The Prince.' I didn't know who he was. He did a good job. The man can definitely act. He just takes those wack movie roles to get paid, can't blame him for that. He probably wants to stretch out some by going to Broadway.

    He needs to gain some weight though to play MLK.

    Jeffrey Wright did an incredibly job playing Dr. King in that TV movie that came out about 10 years ago.

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    ^

    That's exactly when I saw Samuel on stage and I enjoyed his performances.

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