Public Speaking Expert
Films and plays provide the perfect setting to find inspirational speeches but it is not very often that a film comes a long that includes a speech so memorable that the actor can still recite it decades after he first filmed the scene. The speech in question was one given by Samuel L Jackson in the cult hit film Pulp Fiction.
Samuel L Jackson was making an appearance on the BBC chat show hosted by Graham Norton and impressed the host, guests and audience by being able to recite from memory the famous speech his character made during the Pulp Fiction film.
The speech was a passage from the Bible, Ezekiel 25:17, which in the film made a very strong impact and Samuel L Jackson continued to deliver the speech with menace and force while on The Graham Norton Show.
This passage from the Bible is often quoted and has become famous in its own right for being a strong speech: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” – Ezekiel 25:17
What made the reciting of the speech so remarkable was that Samuel L Jackson was still able to remember it word for word – this is an impressive feat considering the actor has filmed more than 100 movies in his career and it is unlikely that he can remember parts from all of them to be able to recite live and without warning.
Some speeches have such an impact on a person that they last long not only in the memory of the audience but also in the memory of the person who made it and this an example of how powerful words came together with a powerful delivery to create an unforgettable speech that has gained legendary status in the film world.
Samuel L Jackson was joined on the Graham Norton Show by actress Keira Knightley who also seemed impressed by his performance of the speech.