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Jackson has fun in movies

NEW YORK – Samuel L. Jackson isn’t just in the movies. He is the movies.

Does any other actor so fully embody the high-octane thrills, the colorful language, the sheer bigness of American movies? Jackson is, not coincidentally, typically ranked as the highest all-time box-office star with nearly $5 billion in North American ticket sales over his career.

He’s a mainstay of Marvel, a veteran of both “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park,” and the dependable muse of Quentin Tarantino. He’s the bringer of “great vengeance and furious anger” and the ridder of snakes from planes.

Jackson – ever-changing but always himself – is ubiquitous. He travels, always, with dozens of movies with him (John Woo and Asian films are especially beloved) and regularly goes to the movie theater, even to see his own movies. More than anyone else, Jackson makes being a movie star look fun.

That’s also true of his latest, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an R-rated action-comedy in which he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds. Throughout hails of bullets and high-speed chases, the two trade countless foul-mouthed insults. Reynolds, at one point, accuses Jackson of ruining the word “motherf—–” – a trademark of the actor’s. Jackson also recorded a blues song for the film, which, fittingly, opens with an expletive.

Jackson recounted his love of that word on a stop in New York this summer. New York is where the 68-year-old Jackson, a Tennessee native and graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, got his start in theater. He’s looking for a play now, he says, except that “every time I mention it, my agent seems to find me another movie.”

Q. You must be one of the greatest cursers to ever live. What do you love about the word ‘motherf—–‘?

A. It’s a kind of all-encompassing word that describes a lot of different feelings and a lot of

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