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Thursday
Jan032013

Samuel L. Jackson Demands Interviewer Say the 'N' Word

ABC/Eric McCandless(HOUSTON) -- Note to journalists: Do not ask Samuel L. Jackson what he thinks about the use of the "N" word in his latest film, Django Unchained.

During an interview with Fox's Houston affiliate, KRIV-TV, to promote the Quentin Tarantino flick, Jackson engaged in an awkward exchange with critic Jake Hamilton in which he refused to answer a question about the controversy unless Hamilton said the word.

The conversation, which was posted online last month but didn't make headlines until Wednesday, began with Hamilton mentioning the persistent talk over the inclusion of the "N" word in the script.

Jackson quickly interjected, "'No?'  'Nobody?'  'None?'  The word would be...."

Hamilton, who's white, told Jackson he didn't want to say the word.  When Jackson asked him if he's ever said it before, Hamilton replied in the negative, after which Jackson demanded he do so.

Hamilton repeatedly refused, with Jackson exclaiming, "We're not going to have this conversation unless you say it."

Jackson then asked, "You want to move on to another question?" and laughed when the interviewer answered, "OK."  Hamilton asked Jackson if he would say the word, to which Jackson replied, "F*** no.  It's not the same thing."

Hamilton moved on, but not before telling the camera it was a good question.  Jackson responded, "No it wasn’t.  It wasn't a great question if you can't say the word."

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Friday
Sep142012

Samuel L. Jackson to Star in New Obama Ad?

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Samuel L. Jackson and the super PAC that funds comedian Sarah Silverman’s “Great Schlep” are reportedly in talks to cut a new ad, which could feature the “Pulp Fiction” actor telling voters to “Wake the f**k up, vote for Obama.”

The spot has been pitched and would be written by the author Adam Mansbach, whose salty children’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” became a viral hit when Jackson’s reading of it was posted on YouTube.

The New York Post reported Friday morning that the script was in and the shoot was imminent, but Ben Wyskida of the Jewish Council and Education and Research told ABC News Friday night that while Jackson had expressed interest in doing the ad, there is no deal just yet.

First up, Wyskida said, was a new video featuring Silverman, who in 2008 famously asked young (mostly Jewish) voters to go down to Florida -- in The Great Schlep -- to guilt their grandparents into voting for then-candidate Barack Obama.

This election season, Silverman, backed by super PAC bucks, released a video asking casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to switch sides and send President Obama the $100 million he had purportedly pledged to the Romney cause. He did not.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug282012

Samuel L. Jackson Causes Twitter Trouble with Isaac/GOP Tweet

Bobby Bank/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Samuel L. Jackson ruffled a few feathers on Twitter Monday when he commented on how the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will avoid the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The actor, referring to the possibility that the storm might hit New Orleans, wrote, "Unfair S***: GOP spared by Issac ! NOLA prolly F***ed Again! Not understanding God's plan!"

He was immediately inundated with uncomplimentary tweets from upset people.

Jackson later wrote, "Daayum! Poked a Hornets nest, hunh? Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP& Isaac(sp)! Who played the Race card?!"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May042012

Samuel L. Jackson Questions Critic Who Gave Negative 'Avengers' Review

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Marvel's The Avengers has been well-received by critics in general, but star Samuel L. Jackson is more focused on a negative review published by The New York Times.

The Times critic A.O. Scott wasn't overly impressed by the movie, writing, "[W]hile The Avengers is hardly worth raging about, its failures are significant and dispiriting. The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre."

Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, the man who assembles The Avengers,  tweeted his fury over the review on Thursday. He wrote, "#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let's help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!"

Scott isn't too bothered by Jackson's reaction, telling E! News, "I don't think Mr. Jackson is actually trying to get me fired....Rallying 'fans' against skeptical critics is a time-honored tactic, and I don't take it personally."

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Thursday
Oct272011

Samuel L. Jackson Named Highest-Grossing Actor of All Time

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Who is the highest-grossing actor of all time?  The answer may surprise you.

The Guinness Book of World Records has awarded the title to Samuel L. Jackson, whose movies have grossed a total of $7.42 billion at the box office during his two-decade-plus career, according to the New York Daily News.

The highest-grossing film at the domestic box office in which Jackson has appeared was 2005's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, which earned $380.3 million.  He starred in all three Star Wars prequels as Jedi Master Mace Windu.

The 62-year-old actor's other notable -- and bankable -- film credits include the hits Pulp Fiction, Jungle Fever, Jurassic Park, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, A Time to Kill and the two Iron Man films, Thor, and Captain America. His blockbuster streak will likely continue, as he also stars in next year's Avengers film.

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