The actor behind the last Nick Fury you'll ever need, Samuel L. Jackson, joined the back end of Web 2.0 Tuesday night, launching his Twitter account live on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." It's going exactly as you'd expect it to be: Occasionally CAP LOCKED and lousy with swear words.
OK, not "exactly" as you'd expect it to be, if you — like me —have a Corny-Dad-Guy-Who-Thinks-He's-Really-Funny-But-Isn't-No-Not-At-All deep inside who really, really wanted Jackson's first tweet to read: "YES THEY DESERVED TO DIE AND I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!"
That line, if you've spent the last 15 years living in a Unibomber-style hole, is Jackson's classic declaration on the witness stand in the 1996 below-the-Mason-Dixon-Line courtroom thriller "A Time To Kill," based on a novel by John Grisham, author of other such memorable book-to-movie blockbusters as "Keanu Reeves is a Southern Lawyer" and "Matt Damon Practices Law in the South."
Jackson — whose bombastic delivery delights children nightly via his audio book rendition of "Go the F*** to Sleep," didn't disappoint, however. He cannonballed into the Twitter stream last night, starting with three TwitPics from the "Late Night" backstage, before hunt-and-pecking his first "official" tweet on an iPad in the guest chair next to Fallon's desk.
After loudly fumbling with autocorrect, Jackson tweeted a grammatically-creative query to potential followers: "Can-a muh f****say f*** on here? Indeed he can, Mr. Jackson. Indeed he can.
Eight more tweets in, Jackson isn't relying on CAPS LOCK — aka the "Billy Mays" key — as you might expect. But the spellcheck-proof profanities keep coming, and as in life, Jackson's affection for the exclamation point is obvious.
In other news, Jackson is looking to break into acting:
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