Samuel L. Jackson to Play Gay Engineer in Stephen King Film

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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Gay Engineer in Stephen King Film

Actor rethinks his previous vow to never play a LGBT character.

Published November 8, 2013

Samuel L. Jackson is breaking one of his own rules for his next role. The actor, who once vowed he would never play a gay man or "kiss a dude" in a movie, has signed on to play gay engineer Tom McCourt in Stephen King's The Cell

According to, McCourt is also a former soldier who flees to Boston when a powerful signal broadcast to all cell phones turns the world into bloodthirsty monsters. John Cusack is also expected to star in the film, which will be directed by Paranormal Activity 2's Tod Williams.

Samuel, whose body of work adds up to the highest-grossing of all time, once told Playboy of playing a gay or transgender character, "I don't think people want to see me do that." He later added, "But you know what? If it’s done right and the story is good, I might."

Looks like Jackson has finally found that role. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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