Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass is Back in M. Night Shyamalan’s Upcoming Glass
Samuel L. Jackson has had about every kind of role known to man, but he plays a great villain. His performance in Django Unchained as the cunning head house slave, Stephen, gave us all chills. Even in films like Pulp Fiction, where he plays more of an anti-hero, no one can forget his menacing delivery of Ezekiel 25:17. Now, his Mr. Glass character’s name graces the title of the third movie in the Unbreakable franchise.
In Unbreakable, Mr. Glass was a man with very brittle bones who aimed to find his “unbreakable” opposite. We find out later in the film that Glass had been behind incredible acts of mass violence that he committed in order to find his counterpart that could survive these episodes, David Dunn (Bruce Willis). With Glass’ worldview shaped largely by the comics that he read, he believed that he and Dunn were meant to be adversaries.
Split, the surprise middle film of the trilogy, introduced Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and his multiple personalities, including the Beast, another “unbreakable” human, but with villainous motivations rather than heroic ones. Now, in the third installment of the trilogy, Dunn and Crumb’s Beast personality will be pitted against one another, with Glass directing traffic, in a way.
“All of a sudden, my character has the thing he wanted: the heroic good guy, the bad guy, and I get to be in the middle of them,” said Jackson to Vulture. In an exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter said that Glass “emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.” In the end, I don’t think Glass’ true desire was to ever be a villain, even if he is menacing and is capable of heinous acts. In this film, he’ll see the world of the comic books he loves right in front of him, and he with his fragile bones, is in control. That desire will be fulfilled in January.
Glass opens on January 18, 2019.
Featured image: HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 19: Actor Samuel L. Jackson attends the LA Premiere of the Paramount Pictures title ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on January 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)