Samuel Jackson Insists Reporter Say N-Word in Interview & It's Brilliantly Awkward (VIDEO)

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Samuel JacksonIf you're making resolutions for the New Year, here's one you mayyyyyybe want to scratch off the old life list: don't go trying to put Samuel L. Jackson in the hot seat regarding the use of a certain word in one of his movies. Because I've seen awkward interviews, and this one transcends them all. It's so wildly uncomfortable it's almost a thing of beauty. In fact, I halfway suspect that Quentin Tarantino directed this interview between Jackson and film critic Jake Hamilton.

See, Hamilton thought he'd ask Samuel Jackson about the controversy surrounding "the usage of the N-word" in this movie -- and if he was hoping Jackson would lean forward, nod encouragingly, and share some gritty actor's commentary on social standards and historical accuracy, BOY was he wrong.

If you want to see Samuel L. Jackson turn a reporter from movie critic to a writhing pile of get-me-out-of-here-please in 15 seconds flat, you'll want to see this.

Hamilton starts by bringing up the prevalence of the slur in the movie (it's said more than 100 times by various characters), but Jackson doesn't let him get too far because he demands that Hamilton stop saying "the N-word" and, you know, say the actual word.

Hamilton refuses, but Jackson insists, before thundering into full Strike Down Upon Thee With Great Vengeance and Furious Anger Sam Jackson Mode: "TRY IT! We're not gonna have this conversation unless you say it."

Here's the clip -- go ahead and fast-forward to around 13:55:

I feel for Jake Hamilton, I really do. There's no WAY I could have said it either -- hell, I'm not even going to type it, and that would be about a thousand times less awful than saying in front of Samuel Jackson's face -- but he was clearly hoping to put Jackson in a position of defending his right to be in a movie that features the word, and instead ended up proving that the word is so powerful and loaded, it's downright impossible to have a discussion about whether or not it should EVER be said, or by whom.

Hamilton gave up on the topic, but stuck to his guns that it was "a great question." Jackson's unamused response? "It wasn't a great question if you can't say the word."

What do you think of the way Samuel Jackson flipped this interview? Was he unfair to that reporter?

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proud... proudmomma6804

No Samuel L Jackson is a beast and I think he's awesome.

Karma... KarmaGrant

I love Samuel Jackson! He has no equal.

pinki... pinkiebling

 I'm writhing in embarrassment for this guy. HAAAA. Samuel L. Jackson remains a badass.


nonmember avatar Tonya

Haha! That was awesome. I don't think he was unfair at all...or even harsh. He was just having a bit of fun. And proving a point in the process.

Smerk... Smerkalot

 No he wasn't wrong in asking the reporter to SAY the word.  Words are useless without the power you give them.  Frankly, he shouldn't have had the balls to ask if he didn't have the balls to correctly say what he was talking about, IMO.

nonmember avatar Kristin

HAHA! I love Samuel L Jackson! He was so just having fun with the guy! I would've responded: "How would you like me to pronounce it sir, with the er or with an a?" The clip made me laugh out loud!

coppe... copperswifey

I don't like Samuel Jackson so I am going to say yes lol :)

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