With films like ‘xXx: State of the Union’ and ‘Snakes on a Plane’ on his CV, you’d have thought Samuel L. Jackson would be used to bad reviews.
However, the world’s coolest movie star lost his temper with New York Times critic A. O. Scott, after he wrote a slightly negative review of Jackson’s new film ‘Avenger’s Assemble’.
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On his Twitter page (which shows him standing next to a ladder), Jackson wrote: "#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let's help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!"
Scott’s review slammed “overdone combat sequences” and said: “The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.”
He did however compare some of the dialogue scenes to Howard Hawks’s classic ensemble western ‘Rio Bravo’.
Despite the high profile criticism, Scott responded in a surprisingly reasonable manner.
He told E! Online: "Actors and filmmakers sometimes respond angrily to negative reviews - I can't say I blame them - and Twitter is a relatively new and very public forum for that. Rallying 'fans' against sceptical critics is a time-honoured tactic, and I don't take it personally."
Samuel L. Jackson doesn't seem to think his angry words will get the critic fired either apparently.
He responded to one of Scott's defenders (again on Twitter) by telling them: "They aren't going to fire his jaundiced ass & You & I Know It!"
'Avengers Assemble' is out now.