Monday, August 15, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson Talks Family History with Dementia

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson / The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

*Samuel L. Jackson portrays a man stricken with dementia in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” and he admits that his family history has made him afraid of suffering from the syndrome.

Jackson’s mother, grandfather, aunt and uncle all suffered from dementia, which affects cognitive function.

As reported by Bang Showbiz, Jackson said, “I have times when I can’t remember a name that I know I know. Or walk in a room to get something and go, ‘Why am I in here?’ But I also still remember pages of dialogue a day. So, do I think about it? Yes. Am I worried? I’m 73 … 74? 73 …

“See, like that! But it had happened to my mum and my grandfather by now. So I think I’m OK. For the moment.”

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Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson / The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Jackson told Sunday Times Culture magazine: “I remember the last time my mother called my name.

“She was watching TV and a film of mine was coming out. I popped up on the screen and she looked at me and said, ‘Oh, Sam.’ That was it.”

Samuel recalled how his mom would angry and frustrated when she looked at him.

He said: “I don’t know if she was running through faces in her mind or seeing me from when I was a little person. Or as this big person.”

His mother died in 2012.

Jackson’s “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” now streaming on Apple TV+, is based on the acclaimed novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley, who adapted the story for the screen and serves as executive producer. 

Per press release, “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” stars Jackson as Ptolemy Grey, an ailing man forgotten by his family, by his friends, and by even himself. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn, played by BAFTA Award nominee Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”). When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present and future.

Check out the trailer below.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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