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Samuel L. Jackson Talks to Wigs and ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray’

Samuel L. JacksonHis ubiquitous on-screen presence is due in large part to his more than 140 film and television roles. and his uncanny ability to be both a credit card spokesman and Marvel’s Nick Fury.

Jackson is also a good actor who loves to lose himself in roles with the help of hair and makeup. For years, he’s relied on award-winning wig expert Robert Louis Stevenson for everything from his damp Jheri curls to Pulp Fiction to dredge like his rope in Caveman’s Valentine’s Day.

When Stevenson retired, Jackson moved on to Stevenson’s ribbed apprentice Camille Friend (Black Panther), and with makeup artist Jake Garber (Zombie), all three offer a star-studded look with a duplicate Stephen from 2012 Django Unchained to life.

Now Jackson is starring in the Apple TV limited series + The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Remember, to the top. (The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey based on the 2010 novel by Walter Mosley and premiering in two episodes this Friday.)

“Creating the look of Ptolemy was great,” Jackson told TVLine with a proud grin. “I have people around me, and we talk about how far we want to go, and how much fun we will have when we do it. We also created his repulsive look when he was a player and a young man. It’s nice to have people who aren’t afraid to take risks, and I’m always willing to be unlike me.”

Ptolemy Gray, Samuel JacksonJackson added that his managers and agents wanted to see his bald head and look like it was in real life, as opposed to an old man with a Frederick Douglass mane, but that would make people protest. uncomfortable acting.

“People see me all the time,” Jackson explained. “Sometimes I want to be unrecognizable.”

He also likes to bring his passionate projects to the audience. One of the executive producers of the series, Jackson purchased the rights The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey over a decade ago, but has yet to find the right platform or fit for the project, in large part because he wants it to be a six-part miniseries instead of a movie.

The Snakes on the plane the star also wants to shine on Mosley (who is also an EP on FX’s .) Snow and screenplay) and his ways with words, as well as the heartbreaking reality of dementia and the toll it takes on those who have it and their loved ones.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Robyn and RubinIn the series, which also includes a murder mystery spin-off, Jackson’s character overcomes amnesia with the help of a mysterious and possibly evil doctor (Walton Goggins) and a cure. temporary but his magic and the help of his loving teen caretaker Robyn (The Deuce’s Dominique Fishback).

“I talked about playing him for 10 years or so,” Jackson revealed of his small-screen alter ego. “The fact that I didn’t do it this year or the other, and to finally see it all come together to bring Ptolemy to the audience, I’m very pleased. I don’t need to do much research. I have suffered from dementia for a very long time along with my grandfather, my mother, her brother and sister. There are so many people in my family affected by dementia, that’s one of the things that made me want to tell the story. ”

Jackson shared that he also wants to create more public awareness about dementia and the elderly in general.

“The things that stay in their minds are the things that make them the people we love,” Jackson surmised. “If they have a chance to do what Ptolemy does, to have a moment of clarity where they can fix something, I’m sure they will. We need to truly appreciate and retain these people, not throw them away. “

Are you looking forward to see The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey? Drop your thoughts in the comments.

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