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Video: Samuel L. Jackson Tries To Get Reporter To Say The N-Word

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Pity the fool who asked Samuel L. Jackson (for probably the billionth time) about the prolific use of the n-word in the script of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

Houston-based film critic Jake Hamilton started to ask about the use of the "n-word" (around the 13:56-minute mark) and Jackson cut him off and deadpanned: "No, nobody, none? The word would be...?"

Jackson pushed him until he gives Hamilton the ultimatum: "We're not going to have this conversation unless you say it." Hamilton asked Jackson to say it, but he won't: "Oh, fuck no. That's not the same thing."

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Hamilton says it was a good question, but Jackson shakes his head: "No, it wasn't."

Tarantino for his part told the Hollywood Reporter that he works to tune out these concerns: "Not one word of social criticism that's been leveled my way has ever changed one word of any script or any story I tell. I believe in what I'm doing wholeheartedly and passionately. It's my job to ignore that."

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Spike Lee Refuses to See 'Django Unchained,' Says 'It's Disrespectful to My Ancestors'