It is arguably the coolest, smoothest and coldest hit man scene ever: Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction reciting an Ezekiel Bible verse right before he shoots somebody.
It is probably the cult scene in the cult classic. But that was 20 years ago, and Jackson, 65, has starred in a gazillion movie roles since, so there’s no way he could still remember the chilling Bible verse he spat before blasting people to smithereens … right?
“Do you remember the famous Ezekiel speech from Pulp Fiction?” host Graham Norton asked Jackson during a recent appearance on BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show.
“Yeah,” Jackson replied confidently.
Then Norton told the audience to imagine that they were a 17-year-old boy stopping past the Jackson house to pick up Jackson’s daughter and were greeted with this: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides … ,” Jackson began to recite as chilling music began playing in the background.
“And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance,” he continued, “and furious anger, those that attempt to poison and destroy my brothers and you will know that I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”
The audience went wild.
“That was smooth,” fellow guest Keira Knightley said. “That was so smooth.”
“That’s the real deal,” Norton added.