At the recent BET Awards, actor Samuel L Jackson won the Lifetime Achievement Award for all his cinematic achievements. His most recent project is The Legend of Tarzan which comes out this week. At both the BET Awards and the red carpet event for his movie, Samuel opened up about some critical moments in his life…
During his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Samuel gave a special dedication to his wife LaTanya and daughter Zoe. He told the crowd, “The other two people that challenged me on a regular basis are my foundation and support, my daughter Zoe and my wife LaTanya. The two women that actually found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody’s bachelor party and put my a-- in rehab the next day and supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day.”
This is possibly a reference to his rehab stint in the 90s. Early in his career, he overdosed on heroin several times, causing him to switch to cocaine.
On Monday, the critically acclaimed actor spoke to PEOPLE and revealed more about the tough love he needed to spur him to sobriety. “You look into people’s eyes at a certain point, and you realize that they’re not punishing you, they’re actually telling you the truth. That you are at a point now that you can go this way [or] you can go that way.”
Jackson has previously likened his drug habit to the famous actors of old. Luckily his family couldn’t bear to see him that way! We’re sure it was difficult to make him see “the truth” but Jackson credits his family with jumpstarting his road to recovery.
He continues that although his family first jarred him to action, “You have to look in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘Okay, I really need to do this for myself.’ And you become a very selfish individual. They’re very important in that process. But the most important thing to do is to save yourself first so that you can be of service to those people that you love, and they made me understand that. It was great.”
Congratulations to Samuel L Jackson for his Lifetime Achievement Award, and here’s to MANY more years of clean living!