HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 17:  Actor Samuel L. Jack...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

By Kelley L. Carter
Dec. 18, 2008

If you ask nicely, resident movie mean guy Samuel L. Jackson will tick off a laundry list of comic books he loved as a kid, and sometimes, still reads.

“Superman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Silver Surfer, you know, the ordinary,” said the actor, who stars in the upcoming The Spirit, which premiered Wednesday night..

Opening Christmas Day, it stars Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Scarlett Johansson and Gabriel Macht. Jackson plays his nemesis, The Octopus.

“It’s pure boy stuff,” Jackson said of comic-based films. “Guys like to chase each other and hit each other over the head.”

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