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Samuel L Jackson credits wife for helping him kick addiction

HIS ROCK: Actor Samuel L Jackson and his wife LaTanya

AWARD-WINNING actor Samuel L Jackson credits to his wife and children for helping him kick his drug habit to become one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Jackson, who’s been sober since 1991, spoke candidly about his bout with drugs early in his career.

“I was a f***ing drug addict and I was out of my mind a lot of the time, but I had a good reputation,” Jackson said.

“I was doing Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. I was working with people who made me better, who challenged me. So I was doing things the right way. It was just that one thing that was in the way: my addiction,” Jackson continued.

Jackson was a functioning addict back then, but there was a time when his addiction to crack led to Jackson being found on a kitchen floor by his then eight-year-old daughter and his wife, LaTanya Richardson - who is also an actress.

“I’ve always had my wife, LaTanya, who’s my harshest critic. She’d say: ‘You’re so intelligent that the first time you read something, you think you understand it intellectually and emotionally, then you find the vocal inflections and the facial expressions - and you can get there with that.

"But there’s no blood in it.’ And I’m like: ‘It’s all f**in’ make-believe, what in the hell you talking about?’ And it wasn’t until I got sober that I knew fully what she meant. Before, I used to do stuff onstage and kinda look for the reaction from the audience—‘Aha! I got ’em good that time!’

"And once I was able to ignore that and focus on the relationships with the people I was onstage with, I was finally able to blossom into whatever I might think I am now,” Jackson stated.

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