Samuel L. Jackson humiliated a news anchor during a live on-air interview Monday after the newsman appeared to confuse the famous actor with fellow African-American actor Laurence Fishburne. "You're busted," the star told the interviewer.
In an interview about Jackson's upcoming film "RoboCop," a remake of the 1980s cult-classic, KTLA's Sam Rubin
asked the actor if he got a lot of reaction from the Super Bowl commercial.
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Though it is unclear which commercial Rubin was referring to, Jackson presumed he was referring to the KIA advertisement, in which Fishburne revisited his Morpheus character in "The Matrix" while singing opera behind the wheel of KIA's new luxury car.
"What Super Bowl commercial?" a confused Jackson responded.
Apparently realizing the error of his ways, Rubin attempted to move the conversation forward, but the 65-year-old actor Jackson was having no part of it.
"See what, see, you're as crazy as the people on Twitter," a smiling Jackson told Rubin. "I'm not Laurence Fishburne."
"That's my fault, I know that, that was my fault, my mistake," a visibly shaken Rubin responded putting his hands up in air as if he was under arrest.
"We don't all look alike," Jackson continued. "We may be all black and famous, but we all don't look alike. You're busted."
As Rubin continued to attempt an apology, Jackson would not relent and appeared to be enjoying the exchange far more than he did the initial interview.
"You're the entertainment reporter for this station?" Jackson asked. "And you don't know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne? There must be a very short line for your job."
Rubin again attempted to redirect the interview, repeating apologies while telling the accomplished actor, "let's talk about 'Robocop.'"
"Oh hell no!" Jackson responded in a voice familiar to anyone who has seen him act.
"I'm the other guy. . . "I'm the 'What's in your wallet?' black guy, Fishburne's the car black guy, Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy. You only hear his voice though so you probably won't confuse him with Laurence Fishburne," Jackson continued.
"And I've actually never done a McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial," Jackson added. "I know that's surprising. . . [And] I'm the only black guy in 'Robocop' that's not a criminal, except for Michael K. Williams."
Following the interview, Rubin apologized on the air to Jackson and to viewers offended by his "amateur mistake," claiming that he was attempting to ask Jackson about the "Captain America" trailer in which Jackson did appear and was aired during the Super Bowl, ABC News reported
"I immediately felt so dumb I didn’t bring that up, and he gave me the shellacking that was well deserved," Rubin said in his apology.
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