But it didn't have any idea, and now the man himself has suffered a separated shoulder injury while on set of his new movie!
Sam was shooting an action sequence for his upcoming movie called Big Game when he slipped and fell awkwardly — and this is what he said to David Letterman about it:
"I've been in Germany since August. I was shooting a movie called Big Game. It's another one of those 'president in jeopardy' films. That's where I separated my shoulder.
"Anatomically, what happened is, I was flipped from a height of about seven feet out of a freezer, which is supposedly attached to a helicopter flying through some woods, and they had a camera on one end of the freezer, I was on the other end, and the stuntman jumped off the freezer, the [weight of the] camera flipped the freezer, I went flying out of it and I landed on my shoulder.
"Now when I landed on my shoulder, the ligaments that hold your clavicle (collarbone) down snapped and my clavicle jumped up.
"The pain was crazy only because the shoulder never really hurt, but the trauma to the muscles that hold it in and the ligaments snapping… so when I took deep breaths, it felt like someone was stabbing me in the chest or in the back."
Hold up, can we talk about this freezer business?? It's a movie about the President in jeopardy, and there's a sequence with a freezer attached to a helicopter?
WE HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE.
Anyway, that sucks, Sam-J!
But we're pretty impressed with his decision against having an operation so he could still film instead of being on rest for a few months! Here's what he said about THAT:
"It's a class three separation… and [doctors] can push [the collarbone] down, screw it in and do all this other stuff to it, but it'll take me six months to heal, as opposed to it's now just ugly! The surgery is basically just cosmetic and I would have more trouble with the shoulder if they put screws in it and everything else than leaving it this way.
"I've been going to some therapists and these tension release therapists are really great, and I'm almost back to full motion. I think I can swing a golf club in about 10 days."
We hope it doesn't come back to haunt you!
(It wouldn't dare — you're Sam F***ING Jackson!)
[Image via Daniel Deme/WENN.]