Samuel L. Jackson heard someone repeating his Ezekiel 25:17 speech to him, he turned to discover it was Marlon Brando who gave him his number. When Jackson called, it was a Chinese restaurant. But when he asked for Brando, he picked up. It was Brando’s way of screening calls.

Samuel L. Jackson Recalls His Bizarre First Encounter with Marlon Brando

The two started talking after Brando revealed he was familiar with Jackson’s work in ‘Pulp Fiction.’

Two days before 9/11 Samuel L. Jackson was in New York waiting backstage at a Michael Jackson show.

The actor was asked to introduce Usher and Whitney Houston at the event, but while waiting to go on he was approached by Marlon Brando.

Jackson recalled the surreal moment during The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actor Roundtable.

“Somebody comes up behind me and starts doing the Ezekiel speech [from Pulp Fiction]. People do that to me all the time. ‘Arrgh, Ezekiel, da da da.’ And I turn around, and it’s Marlon Brando. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ We end up having this conversation,” says Jackson.

The two finished talking and then … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

14 thoughts on “Samuel L. Jackson heard someone repeating his Ezekiel 25:17 speech to him, he turned to discover it was Marlon Brando who gave him his number. When Jackson called, it was a Chinese restaurant. But when he asked for Brando, he picked up. It was Brando’s way of screening calls.”

  1. Cinemaphreak

    > Samuel L. Jackson was in New York waiting backstage at a Michael Jackson show.
    >
    > The actor was asked to introduce Usher and Whitney Houston at the event, but while waiting to go on he was approached by Marlon Brando.
    >
    > “Somebody comes up behind me and starts doing the Ezekiel speech [from Pulp Fiction]. People do that to me all the time. ‘Arrgh, Ezekiel, da da da.’ And I turn around, and it’s Marlon Brando. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ We end up having this conversation,” says Jackson.
    >
    > The two finished talking and then exchanged phone numbers: “He says, ‘Call me, we need to talk.'”
    >
    > Shortly after the interaction Jackson called the number Brando gave him, but Brando didn’t pick up the phone.
    >
    > “It’s a Chinese restaurant,” Jackson reveals, laughing.
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    > Jackson asked if Mr. Brando was there and the person on the other line said, “Hold on, hold on.” Brando came to the phone and Jackson says they talked for an hour.
    >
    > It turns out this was Brando’s clever way of filtering phone calls.
    >
    > “The next time I called, it was a Chinese laundry,” Jackson said.*

  2. niceegg420

    You come to me, on this the day of my Usher ushering, and you recite Ezekiel to me?

  3. leopozo

    I like the fact Brando was willing to learn Jackson’s lines but wouldn’t learn his own.

  4. Mr-Zero-Fucks

    I saw that interview in Youtube, the best part is when Samuel L. Jackson called Will Smith out for refusing to work with Tarantino. “It would have balanced out that Wild Wild West scale.” LMAO

  5. TrolliusJKingIIIEsq

    Unrelated, but this reminds me of a friend who had a phone number that was one digit away from that of a high-end local restaurant. When people would try to call that restaurant, sometimes they would misdial, and get him instead. After the first few times, he started taking callers’ reservations. I’d hate to be the guy who showed up with a large group only to not actually have a reservation.

  6. zacharius55

    I’m gonna make him an order he can refuse.

  7. Reverend_James

    Fun fact, if you call Bill Murray you’ll get a woman who runs a house cleaning service. Its actually him though, but good luck getting her to admit it.

  8. unclehelpful

    He wasn’t screening calls he just had a permanent table at the buffet.

  9. baybaybabs

    The finesse and sleekness is creative.

  10. JonseiTehRad

    So now I just keep calling Chinese resteraunts asking for Brando…

  11. NoTrickWick

    Now I just need Brando’s number.

  12. penelopiecruise

    As it was a restaurant, when Brando answered, Jackson inquired: “got milk?”

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