When Samuel L. Jackson drops his favored F-bomb onscreen, it doesn’t only make hilariously great cinema — it also cures his childhood speech impediment.
The Hateful Eight actor told SiriusXM DJ Howard Stern that he basically “stopped speaking” as a child because of his debilitating stutter, but then he found an unusual and somewhat of a trademark cure.
“I read a lot. I read things about breathing exercises, I actually went to the library to combat stuttering,” the 67-year-old said in the radio interview on Tuesday.
Jackson has since become known for portraying ultra-cool, gun-wielding hipsters who carpet bomb the word “motherf#$*er” into iconic lines and scenes in films such as Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane.
When asked if he was bullied as a child as result of his stuttering, Jackson said: “Yeah I fought a bit,” but conceded that his onscreen tough guy image no longer extends offscreen. “I could then but not anymore. I’m too old now.”