Anthony Mackie And Samuel L. Jackson Stick It To The Man In ‘The Banker’ Trailer

“The Man” can be racism, inequality, or whatever holds us back in general, and The Banker sheds a light on the audacious exploits of businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) in the 1960s. The true story, which reunities Mackie with The Adjustment Bureau filmmaker George Nolfi, is headed to theaters next month.

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Samuel L. Jackson Raises Another ‘Glass’ To A Memorable ‘Unbreakable’ Trilogy

When it was released in 2000, Unbreakable was considered a disappointment to many, although comic book enthusiasts immediately gravitated to its subject matter. The years have seen Unbreakable’s stature immeasurably grow in moviegoers’ eyes, and in the recent Glass premiere Samuel L. Jackson talked about the inevitability of a continuation of the Mr. Glass (Jackson) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) story.

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John Leguizamo Profiled in “American Masters: The Boomer List”

The documentary American Masters: The Boomer List premieres on PBS Tuesday, September 23, and the documentary has director/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders spotlighting 19 boomers from this highly influential generation.

One of the interviewees is John Leguizamo, an actor whose diverse career includes acclaimed on man shows and such standout films as Carlito’s Way, The Counselor and, more recently, Chef.

In the documentary, Leguizamo talks about the scant projects that were offered to himself and fellow colleagues Benicio del Toro and Luis Guzman (Leguizamo and Guzman starred together in Carlito’s Way).  “If there is a really great Latin role, it didn’t go to us,” Leguizamo said during the interview. “It went to, you know, Al Pacino or De Niro. I just knew that Latin people were really funny. My family was really funny to me. And we had incredible stories to tell. Where is that on TV? Where is that in movies? Where is that in plays?”

John Leguizamo in American Masters: The Boomer List (CR: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)
John Leguizamo in American Masters: The Boomer List (CR: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Even though showbiz has its share of challenges, Leguizamo pushed through and has carved out a successful acting career. During his Chef interviews John Leguizamo explains how “cooking is like acting.”

“You have to really pay attention – be in the moment. There is a generosity that happens in cooking because you’re nurturing. I think acting when it has that the generosity and you’re giving instead of trying to take, it’s the best acting you’ll ever see.”

To hear Leguizamo’s full answer, and why Chef is an analogy to the film business, click on the Soundcloud bar below:

Along with Leguizamo, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Joel, David LaChapelle, and Maria Shriver are among the 19 subjects featured in American Masters: The Boomer List.