How to talk to Samuel L. Jackson using Alexa

Get roasted -- or even cursed at -- by Samuel L Jackson via your Alexa device

One of the most well-known voices in the world is coming to your Alexa-powered device. That’s right, now you can interact with Samuel L. Jackson through your Amazon‘s devices. Unfortunately, you can’t change Alexa’s default voice to Jackson’s. (We would love that, by the way. Are you listening, Amazon?) You can ask Alexa questions directed toward Jackson, and hear his reply, though. Interactions include jokes, weather forecasts, movie questions, and more.

“To bring Samuel’s voice to life, the team used innovative Neural Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology that produces higher-quality and more human-sounding voice, which makes interacting with Samuel L. Jackson more natural and fun for customers,” the Alexa team said in communications with Digital Trends.
Just how does this new feature work? Here’s everything your need to know about talking to Samuel L. Jackson using Alexa.

Getting started with Samuel L. Jackson

Before you can have conversations with Jackson, first you need to be introduced. You can get Alexa to do the honor by saying, “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson.” She’ll answer, “Allow me to introduce you to Samuel L. Jackson.” Jackson will then quip for a few lines and Alexa will ask you if you want to purchase the skill, which is 99 cents. If you confirm, you’re ready to go. You can also visit the Amazon site and enable the skill.

Things to talk about

To talk to Jackson, you need to go through Alexa. Basically, you have to ask Alexa to ask Samuel L. Jackson. Thankfully, you don’t have to use his full name. You can say “Sam” or “Samuel” and Alexa will still know who you’re talking about. For example, if you wanted to learn more about the actor, you could say, “Alexa, ask Samuel if he has a favorite hobby,” or “Alexa, ask Sam if he likes music.”
Here are some more things you can ask:
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel to sing jingle bells.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel to roast me.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel what it was like making Star Wars.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel what his favorite book is.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel how he got the part of Nick Fury.” 
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel what his favorite movie line is.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel what his favorite drink is.” 
  •  “Alexa, ask Samuel to tell me a joke.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel if he’s having a good day.”
Samuel L. Jackson in the movie Glass
You can also ask Jackson to help out with your daily routine. Here are some examples of things you can ask:
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel for the weather.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel to set a 1- minute pizza timer.”
  • “Alexa, ask Samuel to play some music.”

To cuss, or not to cuss

Samuel L. Jackson is renowned for his creative use of the F-word. With Alexa, you can choose to let him rip in his 100% explicit glory, or choose non-explicit mode. When you set it up, Alexa will ask you if you want explicit or non-explicit. You can also go to the Alexa app > Settings > Voice Responses > Celebrity Voices > Samuel L. Jackson and slide the Explicit Content tab to choose whether you want the toned-down Jackson or not.

Want more? Here’s how to change Alexa’s voice to a different language or accent.

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