Samuel L. Jackson Narrates This Film Warning Men Not to Ignore Cancer Symptoms
Charity 'One for the Boys' Wants to Encourage Men to Talk
May 11, 2016
Samuel L. Jackson narrates this short film for male cancer awareness charity One for the Boys, which serves as a reminder to men not ignore their symptoms. In the film, directed by Sam Huntley and produced by Iconoclast for the charity, we see a man who's clearly struggling to deal with his illness while keeping it a secret (at first) from his wife and daughter. There's no dialogue, and we hear only music as he struggles his way through family occasions, looking clearly pained, unable to eat his meals or sleep.
As things reach a crisis, there's a voiceover from Jackson (who is chairman of the charity) reminding us that "Cancer waits for no man." Jackson unveiled the film this week on the "Graham Norton Show" in the U.K.
One for the Boys aims for the film to encourage men to talk about their health concerns and gain the support of loved ones when suffering from all forms of cancer. While there's a happier outcome for the protagonist in the film, over 85,000 men die of cancer in the U.K. every year and one in four are not diagnosed until symptoms are advanced.