Samuel L. Jackson’s Remarkable Reaction to Going Viral
Samuel L. Jackson’s response to his recent viral moment is truly incredible. If you’ve missed the internet buzz, the 74-year-old actor caught everyone’s attention during the 2023 Tony Awards with his deadpan reaction upon losing an award. However, as the talented actor humorously pointed out, he’s not quite ready to embrace being a meme just yet.
During a screening for Secret Invasion on June 13, Samuel exclusively shared with E! News his take on the viral incident. “I already have a reputation for having a less-than-ideal viral face from the Tonys,” he said. “You know, I’m that guy. People are always looking at me. I’m not even sure if that was the moment they claim it to be. My facial expressions change from time to time.”
Samuel, who was nominated for the first time for his role in The Piano Lesson, explained that he believes he actually gave a reassuring nod upon hearing the winner’s name, contrary to the perceived scowl. (For more insights from Samuel, tune in to E! News tonight, June 14 at 11 p.m.)
Despite the subdued expression when his fellow nominee was announced as the winner, the Shaft star did give a round of applause to Brandon Uranowitz, the recipient of the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
It’s worth mentioning that Samuel, accompanied by his wife Latanya Richardson Jackson, took the opportunity to poke fun at the situation almost immediately. When he took the stage to present the award for Best Play, he introduced himself as none other than “Samuel L. ‘It’s an honor to be nominated’ Jackson.”