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Number 8: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Samuel L Jackson talks to Sean O’Hagan about Prince Charles, Obama … and golf

From crack addict and alcoholic to the highest-grossing
film star of all time, Samuel L Jackson is well aware his
astonishing story could have had a very different ending.
Here, as two new movies hit our screens, he talks about
being recruited by Prince Charles, the optimism of
Obama and – of course – the joy of golf

Samuel L Jackson, who was once a crack addict and a heavy drinker but is now Hollywood’s highest-grossing actor, is telling me why he doesn’t attend AA meetings in Los Angeles.

‘It’s just too weird,’ he says. ‘You hear guys saying stuff like: “I’ve been hitting the red wine too heavy and I need to stop, but I want to keep smoking reefer and doing cocaine.”‘

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