Clean speak and Samuel L Jackson don’t exactly go hand in hand, especially with the actor’s unapologetic, self-proclaimed love for the perfect curse word that is “motherf***er”. It certainly comes as pleasant news, then, that Alexa-powered devices will offer both censored and explicit versions of Jackson’s voice, as the man lends his vocal expertise to Amazon.
Starting now, users can incorporate the man’s voice into their products for the sweet, sweet price of US$1 (yes, you read that right). Activating it requires them to say, “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson”, following which the purchase has to be confirmed. Select either the clean or dirty language option (both of which can be changed as and when the situation calls for it), set the Alexa-powered devices up, and behold Jackson’s glorious responses.
There’s a whole list of questions that users can ask from different categories, including the more informative bits about his Hollywood life and personal favourites, to casual small talk topics. Here are some examples:
- “Alexa, ask Samuel how much wood could a woodchuck chuck.”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel what his favorite superhero movie is.”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel what it was like making Star Wars.”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel what he does when he’s not making movies.”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel what’s 99 divided by 12?”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel to sing jingle bells.”
- “Alexa, ask Samuel if he has a favorite hobby.”
Yeah, you get the idea. It’s an amusing mix of useful and absurd queries, and Jackson’s answers will be tailored accordingly. In other words? Expect plenty of witty and comic retorts to accompany some of the actual help offered.
Unfortunately, Jackson’s Alexa voice doesn’t work with shopping, lists, reminders, and Alexa Skills. If the profanity version is enabled, he’ll say “I’m not reminding you of s**t,” such that you are reminded of how you are really not “the sh**t”, but just someone with poor reminder and memorisation skills. #relateable
As Jackson will say, it’s early Christmas, motherf**kers.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.