Jurnee Smollett, who played Black Canary in Birds of Prey, reveals the advice she received from Samuel L. Jackson before taking on the role in the DC movie.
black canary Star Jurnee Smollett has shared advice Samuel L. Jackson gave her before she took on the role. Smollett originally played the character Black Canary, also known as Dinah Lance, in the 2020 film Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Story of Harley Quinn. Black Canary is a lounge singer with the power to emit hypersonic screams. She ends up teaming up with Margot Robbie’s Quinn, Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to form the titular Birds of Prey and help take down her evil employer, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor).
After making a splash in there suicide squad spin-off film, Smollett was tapped to reprise the role in a black canary solo movie. There are currently not many details known about the film, although it has been announced that the script is being written by Misha Green, the creator of the HBO series. Lovecraft Country, which also featured Smollett. So far, the project, which is intended to be an HBO Max exclusive, hasn’t attached a director or other cast members. However, there is a fan theory that the film may introduce Savant, the villain played by Michael Rooker in the opening sequence of James Gunn’s 2021 DCEU movie. The Suicide Squad.
Today, THR posted a conversation with Jurnee Smollett about her role in Chris Hemsworth’s new thriller spider head and playing the role of Black Canary. She described her trepidation when confronting a character like Black Canary, who already came with fans and a certain set of expectations. She sought advice from Samuel L. Jackson, who took on a similar role in the MCU when he was cast as Nick Fury, and he guided her through in typical irreverent fashion, saying she should “go piss on your territory.Read his full quote below:
I remember calling him and being like, “OK, so, yo, what do I do? Is there any way I should approach this differently than how I would approach any other character? I always do so much research on the world. And he said, “Baby, go piss on your territory.” So I was really, really humbled by the fan response.
If there’s one person who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to joining major franchises, it’s Samuel L. Jackson. In addition to playing the main character in the remake of Tree and taking on the role of Mace Windu in the star wars prequel trilogy, he joined the MCU as Nick Fury early on, facing initial backlash for being a black actor taking on a role that was usually portrayed as a white man. He’s become one of the franchise’s most pivotal characters, appearing in 11 Marvel movies so far and making cameos in several episodes of the tie-in series. Agents of SHIELD and starring in the upcoming Disney+ limited series Secret Invasion.
Smollett and Jackson also go back a long way, having starred together in the 1997 film Kasi Lemmons Eve’s Bayou when Smollett was only 10 years old. It seems that he took on a role of paternal mentor for the black canary actress. However, being a father figure clearly doesn’t stop him from indulging in his notorious sleaze.
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