Sam Jackson Playing Badass Again? Sho'nuff

October 30, 2008


Oh, brother. Someone made the mistake of briefly remembering the 1985 cult film The Last Dragon and now it's being willed into modern remake. The original director's son is producing alongside the RZA, and now Samuel L. Jackson has gotten involved:

Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?" Each time his gang of thugs answered, "Sho 'nuff!"

The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.

It's becoming more and more obvious that Samuel L. Jackson's only stipulation for taking a role is that he gets to play it as a goofy, exaggerated version of himself. Just look at this clip of the original Sho'nuff. This couldn't be a more Sam Jacksoney role. This role is a pair of sunglasses and a backwards newsies hat just waiting for his bald head to fill in the gaps.

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