"Pulp Fiction" might be one of Samuel L. Jackson's most memorable performances. He sure hasn't forgotten it.
The actor appeared as a guest Friday on BBC One's "The Graham Norton Show" in England. Norton asked Jackson if he remembered the famous "Ezekiel" speech from "Pulp Fiction." Without hesitating, Jackson said he did. The TV host then presented a scenario to the audience: You are 17 or 18 and you're heading to the Jackson residence to pick up the actor's daughter, Zoe. Her father answers the door.
The lights dim, and Jackson looks directly into the camera. He then flawlessly delivers the speech, 20 years after the movie's release. When he finishes, the studio audience erupts into applause.
"That was smooth," said actress Keira Knightley, who was also a guest on the show and sitting right next to Jackson as he recited the speech. "That was so smooth."
"That's amazing, even if it was rehearsed, which I'm not saying it was," commented Kyle Schlapkohl on YouTube. "Not only did he get it word for word, but even the cadence he uses is the same."
The video, published Friday, already has north of a half a million views. As for Jackson's daughter, Zoe is now in her 30s. But when she was younger, her father admits, he was not exactly welcoming to her guy friends who would come over to the house.
"He had come in and insisted on having a conversation with me," Jackson recalled about one particular individual in a 2004 interview published on Contact Music. "I was trying to watch a game, and he was like, 'How are you doing?' I looked at him. He was like, 'I just want you to know it's really good to meet you ... and we're going to the movies ...' And I said, 'Don't (expletive) her!'"
Naturally, that was the end of the conversation.
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