Samuel L. Jackson Slams Reporter For Confusing Him With Laurence Fishburne
Samuel L. Jackson publicly slammed an entertainment reporter who confused him for Laurence Fishburne during a live interview, declaring that “we don’t all look alike!” KTLA reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson about his new film Robocop, but made the mistake of asking the actor if he had gotten a good response from his Super Bowl commercial.
“What Super Bowl commercial? You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter. I’m not Laurence Fishburne!” bellowed Jackson. “We don’t all look alike! We may be all black and famous, but we don’t all look alike! You’re the entertainment reporter for this station, and you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?”
Rubin tried to apologize and change the subject, but Jackson continued to hype up the unfortunate incident. “There’s more than one black guy doing a commercial. I’m the ‘what’s in your wallet’ black guy, he’s the car commercial 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,” said the actor. “And I’ve actually never done a McDonald’s or a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial – I know that’s surprising.”
Rubin later apologized on-air once again after the interview, declaring that he “deserved” the “shellacking” that he got from Jackson. He also expressed embarrassment about the incident because he said “unlike some other people … I take pride in actually knowing what I’m talking about.”