It really struck me while recently viewing SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW (check out my review over at our sisters site DARKNESS.COM): Samuel L. Jackson must be one of the Undead. Yes, we all know that “black don’t crack”, but even so, there’s something unnatural at play where he is concerned. The man doesn’t age. Nor is this a case of plastic surgery keeping up the artifice of false youthfulness, either. In the movie, Jackson portrays the father of Chris Rock’s character. As soon as I saw this, I wondered to myself why they would have made such a casting choice, given that Rock and Jackson are so close to the same age. In reality, Chris Rock is 56—holy hell, is he a vampire, too?!—and Samuel L. Jackson is 72. Seventy-freakin’-two! (So Sam Jackson’s character would have had to have sired Rock’s character when he was only 16. He got started early.)
At what point did Mr. Jackson become a vampire? And how did it occur? Was he *always* a vampire? It has been documented that he had some interaction in bygone years with Vincent the Vegetable Vampire, aka Morgan Freeman (only the coolest of the cool people, and people of a certain age, will have known who the actor was who portrayed Vincent before I mentioned it), but it’s unlikely that a vegetarian vampire could have imparted the Dark Gift of immortality to Mr. Jackson.