Samuel L. Jackson Rhymes and Screams ‘Stay the F*ck at Home’

Samuel L. Jackson is a legendary actor who many industry analysts credit with the highest box office gross of any actor. He’s famous for playing characters who yell and swear, so much so that when he made Snakes on a Plane, the audience demanded he swear at the snakes! Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance and other R-rated movies let him use his favorite four letter words, but he’s still an imposing force in family friendly movies like Star Wars and The Avengers.

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Jackson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 31, remotely from his private screening room. Behind him, posters for Die Hard with a Vengeance, Resurrecting the Champ, The Long Kiss Good Night and Jungle Fever reminded Jackson of some of his own classics. Jackson read a storybook instructing people to Stay the F*ck at Home.

Samuel L. Jackson: Storyteller

You can buy an audiobook of Jackson reading Adam Mansbach’s storybook Go the F*ck to Sleep. The book is a parody of children’s bedtime stories, but from the perspective of a parent frustrated that they can’t get their young child to sleep.

The audiobook version capitalizes on Jackson’s Pulp Fiction persona, screaming profanity to intimidate his prey. Even before Pulp Fiction, Jackson was a screamer in Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and even his cameo in Coming to America, so this was a long time coming.

Go the F*ck to Sleep includes such classic prose as: “I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullsh*t. Stop lying. Lie the f*ck down, my darling, and sleep.”

Adam Mansbach wrote Samuel L. Jackson a new, timely book

Mansbach wrote Jackson a new poem to read on Kimmel. This time, Mansbach had a message for people disobeying stay at home orders, and he needed Jackson’s voice to make that message clear. Jackson read Stay the F*ck at Home from a new book, with a new cover to match.

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson | Bruce Glikas/WireImage

“The Rona is spreading, this sh*t is no joke,” Jackson began. “It’s no time to work or roam. The way you can fight it is simple, my friends. Just stay the f*ck at home. Now technically, I’m not a doctor but motherf*ckers listen when I read a poem. So here I am, Sam f*cking Jackson, imploring you keep your ass at home.”

‘Stay the F*ck at Home’

Stay the F*ck at Home is a parody, both of a children’s bedtime story and of Mansbach’s first book. Still, it contains all the real advice recommended by doctors.

“If you want things to get back to normal, don’t panic,” Jackson read. “Just use your dome. Wash your hands, stop touching your face and stay the f*ck at home. Motherf*cker, it’s no time to gamble. Look around, you’re not at a casino. Just stay the f*ck home as if your name was Trenton Quarantino.”

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson | Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Roadside Attractions

Jackson and Mansbach also offered advice for keeping in touch during the self-isolation time.

“Sure, you can still see your friends,” Jackson read. “Use the Motherf*cking app on your phone. But unless you just ran out of groceries, please stay the f*ck at home. Thank you for doing your part to flatten the curve, because that sh*t is steep. And now that you’re at home, please feel free to go the f*ck to sleep.”