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Samuel L. Jackson (cont.)

not using drugs. I only know that when it finally started getting in the way of what I was doing, I knew it was time to stop." He adds that given the choice between going back to using and losing all he has now, he'd much rather keep what he has.
   A guide to success that Sam has been willing to share is, "Somebody once told me that luck is the perfect meeting of preparation and opportunity. I would say: Always be prepared."
   With the smash success of "Shaft" Sam is truely a major Hollywood star. Yet "The Man" has never lost his appreciation for the public. He doesn't hide behind bodyguards or stop people from taking his picture, although he does require good manners, making folks say please when they ask for an autograph, but he has always maintained that he won't run from the public.
   "It's not the Motion Picture Academy. It's not the press or the Golden Globes," Sam has said. "It's those people who go out and spend that seven-fifty that make us who we are."
   In June, Sam was honored with the 2,195th plaque along Hollywood's Walk of Fame. His reaction?
   "Who would've thunk it?"
   Classic! We love you, Sam.

Janet Jackson on
filming "The Klumps"

   In "The Klumps," Janet Jackson's character DJ, plays Sherman Klump's love interest. But just making the movie with such a funny ad-libber as Murphy was tough for Jackson.
   "I'm telling you. It was the hardest thing to do," said Jackson. "Eddie Murphy does a lot of ad libs. There was one scene where Grandma was just going on and on.
   "I ruined a few good takes and I was trying to pinch myself to keep from laughing, but he got me a few times. It was wonderful working with Eddie. The crew was wonderful and it was a joy coming to work everyday. I didn't want it to end."
   Filming wasn't easy for the crew either, since they had to figure out a way to film Eddie Murphy's six different characters even though he couldn't be in six places at once.
   "They did a lot with blue screens," Jackson recalls. "I'd have to act in scenes with Eddie, and he wouldn't even be on the set. I'd be saying my lines to this tennis ball sitting on a metal stand. Or to a big X on a black flag. It got pretty weird sometimes."

Denzel's words for living

   In a recent interview, Denzel Washington may have been describing how to hold it together as an actor but his words ring true for all.
   "There are days when you beat yourself up. There are days when others beat you up. Those are the circumstances and you're going to have those. There are going to be many days when you're not going to want to come out of the house. But that's part of life. We have to get through that."


   Harold Nicholas, half of the flashy tap-dancing duo the Nicholas Brothers, died of heart failure Monday July 3, at age 79. Harold and his dance partner, brother Fayard Nicholas, began their careers as kids.
   Their last film together was 1948's "The Pirate," in which they danced with Gene Kelly, breaking the color barrier.