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Samuel L Jackson: 'Jonathan Ross inspired Kingsman character's lisp'

25 January 2015 4:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Samuel L Jackson has revealed that his character's speech impediment in Kingsman: The Secret Service was partially inspired by Jonathan Ross.

The actor told The Guardian that he chose to give his villainous character - internet billionaire Valentine - a noticeable lisp due to his own personal experiences.

"I did the lisp because people tend to dismiss people who have defects," he said. "In interesting sorts of ways. And especially... speech defects.

"I stuttered when I was a kid. People laughed at me when I talked. Smart people."

He added that chat show host Ross, whose wife Jane Goldman co-wrote the screenplay for Kingsman, became a type of model for his character's lisp.

"I remember the first time I met Jonathan Ross on TV, and even I was distracted by his speech impediment," he said. "I spent more time dealing with that than talking to him.

"And it's something [Goldman and I] talked about a lot. »

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