The actor got candid about his struggles with drug addiction in the past. During a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Samuel L. Jackson discussed his crack cocaine abuse in the ‘80s and ‘90s when he was also working as an understudy in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson on Broadway.
As he was struggling with his terrible addiction, he was shadowing Charles Dutton, the actor playing the lead, and the star revealed he would be infuriated by the man.
‘I had to sit there every night on the steps behind the theater and listen to Charles Dutton do that part. I would sit there, and smoke crack while I listened to the play. It made me f***ing crazy. Because I would be listening to him doing the lines and going, ‘That is not right!’’ he told the news outlet.
His drug problems did not affect his life too much until he was discovered face down on the kitchen floor by his wife and daughter.
Obviously, they insisted he should go to rehab, something he ended up agreeing to.
But while he was getting rid of his addiction, ironically enough, Spike Lee sent him the script for Jungle Fever – where the filmmaker wanted him to play a crack addict.
It was, in fact, his very first role he played while sober.
‘All the people in rehab were trying to talk me out of it. You’re going to be messing around with crack pipes. All of your triggers will be there. Blah, blah, blah.’ I was like, ‘You know what? If for no reason other than I never want to see you motherf***ers again, I’ll never pick up another drug.’ I hated their a**es.’