Samuel L. Jackson put film reporter Jake Hamilton in the hot seat during a press junket for ‘Django Unchained.”
Hamilton was interviewing Jackson for his show, “Jake’s Takes,” when he brought up the controversy surrounding “Django’s” use of the “N”-word.
Jackson starts by feigning ignorance as to which “N”-word Hamilton is referring to, and then demands he say the word. When Jake refuses, Sam asks, “Have you ever said it?”
“No sir,” Jake answers. “Try it,” says Sam. When Jake hedges, Jackson demands, “Try it! We’re not gonna have this conversation unless you say it.”
After some quick back-and-forth, which can be seen beginning around 13:55 on the YouTube video, Hamilton asks Jackson, “Will you say it?”
“No, f*** no,” says Jackson. “It’s not the same thing.”
Hamilton then laments not being able to ask the “great question” he had lined up, but Jackson puts him in his place. “It wasn’t a great question if you can’t say the word,” says Jackson.