Whether he’s rhapsodizing about snakes on a plane or he’s invoking Ezekiel 25:17, Samuel L. Jackson knows how to read an iconic line. Which is why when he stopped by The Late Show on Monday night, Stephen Colbert asked him to put his own spin on some of the most famous catchphrases in movie history.
“The thing about Sam Jackson is that he can make anything his own,” Colbert explained. “And I’ve got a series of catchphrases right here. They’re famous catchphrases. They’re pre-Samuel L. Jackson, but I believe that if you perform these in your own inimitable way, they will be yours forever, regardless of how they originated.”
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Jackson went on to channel his inner Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind, Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, and Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. (He also does a pretty decent Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.) Watch the clip above, and head here to see Colbert take advantage of Jackson’s voice once more, asking him to record his outgoing voicemail.