Samuel L. Jackson Turns N-Word Question Back At Interviewer (VIDEO)

by
Owen Poindexter
Samuel L. Jackson provided a great non-answer to an interviewer's question about the frequent use of the n-word in Django Unchained: he would not answer the question unless the interviewer actually said the word.

Samuel L. Jackson was asked about the frequent use of the n-word in his new movie Django Unchained. Jackson refused to answer the question unless the interviewer, Jake Hamilton of Fox Houston, would say the actual word. The question never got answered, but Jackson provided more fodder for discussion with his caveat for answering than most answers would have done. The interview starts at 13:54, and a transcript is below. Oh, and Django Unchained was long and violent, but really good, and Samuel L. Jackson was one of the two best among many excellent performances.

HAMILTON: There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the use of the N-Word in this movie and-

JACKSON: No, nobody, none- The word would be…?

HAMILTON: (*sigh*) Oh, I can’t say it.

JACKSON: Why not?

HAMILTON: I don’t like to say it.

JACKSON: Have you ever said it?

HAMILTON: No, sir.

JACKSON: Try it.

HAMILTON: I don’t like to say it.

JACKSON: TRY IT.

HAMILTON: Really? Seriously?

JACKSON: We’re not gonna have this conversation unless you say it.

HAMILTON: …

JACKSON: You wanna move on to another question?

HAMILTON: Okay. Awesome.

JACKSON: (*laughs*)

HAMILTON: I… I don’t like to say it.

JACKSON: Oh come on!

HAMILTON: Will you say it?

JACKSON: [turning serious] No, f*ck no. That’s not the same thing.

HAMILTON: Why do you want me–

JACKSON: They’re gonna bleep it when you say it. On your show–

HAMILTON: I know, but–

JACKSON: SAY IT!

HAMILTON: I can’t, I- If I say it, this portion won’t make it to air.

JACKSON: Okay, forget it.

HAMILTON: Okay, I’ll skip it. Sorry, guys. It was a good question.

JACKSON: No it wasn’t.

HAMILTON: It was a great question.

JACKSON: It wasn’t a great question if you can’t say the word.

 
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