“I don’t understand why [Lincoln] didn’t just end when Lincoln is walking down the hall and the butler gives him his hat,” Samuel L. Jackson recently told L.A. Times reporter Steven Zeitchik. “Why did I need to see him dying on the bed? I have no idea what Spielberg was trying to do. I didn’t need the assassination at all. Unless he’s going to show Lincoln getting his brains blown out. And even then, why am I watching it? The movie had a better ending 10 minutes before.”