Movie star Samuel L Jackson's cool image comes in handy when he has to audition for roles - because it stops him from stuttering.

The PULP FICTION star still suffers from stuttering fits when he's feeling really nervous, but he's found a way to keep the childhood affliction at bay.

He says, "Cool is a mental thing - it's about convincing other people that you are what they want.

"Sometimes when I audition, I feel vulnerable walking into a room of people who haven't made up their minds yet that I'm the guy for their movie.

"I still stutter, but feeling cool helps contain that. I have 'W' or 'M' days, so I find a substitute word."

13/08/2003 09:10