Watch a Supercut of Samuel L. Jackson Saying His Favorite Word

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July 30 2014 8:03 AM

Watch a Supercut of Samuel L. Jackson Saying His Favorite Word

Snakes on a Plane

By now it’s common knowledge that Samuel L. Jackson’s favorite curse word is the mother of them all. In fact, it’s his favorite word, period, and one he’s infamously spelled more than 150 different ways in his tweets. But Jackson’s obsession with “motherfucker” goes beyond just a fondness for the expletive: Last year, he revealed that repeating the word actually helps him overcome a stutter he’s had since childhood. The word has since become synonymous with Jackson’s characters—most memorably, in Pulp Fiction (“I’m a mushroom-cloud-laying motherfucker, motherfucker!”) and Snakes on a Plane (do I even need to quote it?).

As evidence, the Huffington Post compiled a supercut of every time Samuel L. Jackson says “motherfucker” in his films, in chronological order dating back to his first on-screen “motherfucker” (in 1988’s School Daze). To date, the grand total comes to 171 “motherfuckers”—the most, unsurprisingly, in Jackie Brown (37), Pulp Fiction (26), and Soul Men (24).

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