Remember That One Time Samuel L. Jackson Urged A Reporter To Say The N-Word During Interview? (VIDEO)

It’s a slow Monday in the movie world, so we’re going to treat you all with a throwback post. Back in early 2013, a film journalist named Jake Hamilton was interviewing Samuel L. Jackson about Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained.

During the interview, Hamilton asked Jackson about the use of the N-word in the film. It was reported that the film’s characters say the word over 100 times in the movie.

Jackson was tired of being asked this question, especially since no one was actually saying the word when they asked, so he decided to challenge the reporter.

“Have you ever said it? Try it! We’re not going to have this conversation unless you try it,” Jackson said. The reporter, who was clearly intimidated, laughed and asked Jackson to say it, “F–k no, it’s not the same thing,” he replied.

BuzzFeed interviewed Hamilton after the video went viral, and he admitted that while Jackson was intimidating, he wasn’t going to risk losing his job…

“He’s an intimidating guy. I’ve talked to him once before for The Avengers and that interview went OK. But it’s one of those things where I have my own set of moral values, just like anybody else, and I’m not going to compromise them for anyone, much less a celebrity.”

Will Smith Reveals The Real Reason He Passed On Django Unchained, And You Might Be Surprised By His Comments


Remember 2012’s Django Unchained? You better. It was immensely entertaining, earning over $420 million worldwide. It was also a huge hit with critics and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Most actors would have traded in their right arm to work on the film.

But not Will Smith. Director/writer Quentin Tarantino made it clear that Jamie Foxx wasn’t his original choice. He was talking with several actors before filming, and Will Smith was the front-runner. After the film was released, Tarantino claimed Smith didn’t walk away from the project. The material just wasn’t 100% right for him. He didn’t feel comfortable.

Fast forward a few years later, and Will Smith finally opened up about the role. During The Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor’s roundtable, Smith talked about how he wanted the movie to be a true love story.

“I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. We can’t look at what happens in Paris [the terrorist attacks] and want to f— somebody up for that. Violence begets violence. I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.”

Of course, the problem with this idea is that no one wants to watch Quentin Tarantino make some bizarre version of A Walk to Remember. When you watch a Tarantino film you want to be amazed by the action and violence. You want to leave the theater saying, “Ohhh sh-t! Did you see that?” as opposed to “Aww! That was adorable.”

I love Will Smith, but I’m glad Tarantino didn’t allow him to change his story.