Samuel L. Jackson has publicly aired his disappointment after watching Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ that features Daniel Day Lewis in the starring role. Jackson, who is currently part of Tarantino’s controversial ‘Django Unchained’, criticized the director’s ending to the film. “I don’t understand why it didn’t just end when Lincoln is walking down the hall and the butler gives him his hat,” Jackson shared with the Los Angeles Times. “Why did I need to see him dying on the bed? I have no idea what Spielberg was trying to do.”
Jackson also added that Spielberg should have closed the critically acclaimed film prior to the off-camera assassination scene. [He] “didn’t need the assassination at all. Unless he’s going to show Lincoln getting his brains blown out. And even then, why am I watching it? The movie had a better ending 10 minutes before.” It is unclear if Spielberg was defending his decision to Jackson, but the director has shared that he was ultimately trying to forgo sensationalizing Lincoln’s final moments on the silver screen by turning the spotlight on John Wilkes Booth. “We just knew we wouldn’t show the assassination, because it would sensationalize the story. It would have suddenly focused the movie on the shooter, not the president.” Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson has also shared his opinions about the ending of ‘Django Unchained’ as well. “In the original script, Quentin had a really generic ending. So he decided to add a lot of other stuff,” the actor stated.