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Samuel L. Jackson combines humor and shooting in new installment of ‘Shaft’

By Helen Cook

New York, Jun 10 (efe-epa).- The latest "Shaft" film combines traditional shots with a good dose of humor, Samuel L. Jackson said Monday.

"Laughing out loud and feeling good with what you are seeing is an essential part of going to the movies," the actor said in an interview with Efe.

"I like movies that give me something to laugh about when I wake up the next morning, and that make people happy," he added.

The 70-year-old, who starred in another "Shaft" film in 2000, said he wanted to give continuity to the story, which revolves around a family of black detectives in Harlem, New York.

Jackson, known for his role in "Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained," said that humor, lightheartedness and entertainment in movies are more necessary now than ever.

"Look at the world we live in. You can't pick up the paper every day and find a laugh, you can't see the news every day and find a laugh," he continued.

He said that his latest film is different from other action, suspense or crime films.

This "Shaft" brings together three generations of researchers to try to end a drug trafficking network in Harlem.

The original detective John Shaft is played by Richard Roundtree from the first installment of the saga in 1971, his son John Shaft II, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and his grandson, John Shaft III, by Jessie Usher.

The generational differences between Jackson’s character, a rude and informal detective from a tough neighborhood, and that of Usher, a young and modern FBI investigator who grew up protected by his mother, leads to a number of comical encounters.

The film, directed by Tim Story, focuses on the generational differences brought on by the rapid development of technology and the evolution of values in society.

"We're trying to say there is more than one way to do things and more than one way to look at a situation and make it happen," Jackson said, adding that it does not try to belittle the younger generations.

"We're not commenting about the fact that new generations have it all or anything, it's just that they have a different way of seeing things," he continued.

"There is an acceptance level that we don't have in my generation."

He gave as an example that for his generation there was no acceptance level which is seen in today's society.

Shaft's character has been described as the first black American superhero in history, Jackson said he sees him more as a "role model" for young African-Americans since the first installment in the 1970s, and compared him with civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

"I wanted to be cool, talk slick, have a good afro. Shaft was an attainable role model in the minds of many people," he added.

"Dr King was ok if you wanted to be a preacher or a civil rights leader, but everybody wanted to be the cool guy, and Shaft was that guy."

The movie will be released in America on June 14 and will be available on digital platforms outside the US from June 28. EFE-EPA

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