Deep Blue Sea is one of those flicks that came together at the right time in the right place. Were it not for the spate of giant monster schlock fests tearing up Syfy (back when it was spelled Sci-Fi), director Renny Harlin's goofy monster romp probably wouldn't have made it onto the big screen. Fortunately, the genetically modified super-sharks—we have to wonder about any research organization that would willingly fund super-sharks, Alzheimer's cure or otherwise—saw cinematic daylight, along with a fun cast, including LL Cool J, Stellan Skarsgard, Saffron Burrows, and everyone's favorite bad mother…well, you know the rest, Samuel L. Jackson.
When initially contacted by Harlin, Jackson was offered the LL Cool J role of Sherman "Preacher" Dudley. Nonplussed by the part, the Pulp Fiction star declined. But Harlin was insistent and created "Russell Franklin" specifically for him—leaving Jackson stoked to find that his character now got an amazing death scene. According to the DVD commentary, Jackson relished the opportunity to die in dramatic horror movie fashion, saying: "I've done a lot of different things in movies, or had a lot of things happen to me in the movies, but nothing like what happens to me in this one." His death truly is one of the most memorable in recent cinematic history, as well as a meta-jab at blowhard heroic speeches.