Actor Samuel L. Jackson told Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter Sam Rubin today that he was not Laurence Fishburne, another black actor.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Rubin was interviewing Jackson via satellite for KTLA when he asked, “Working with Marvel, the Super Bowl commercial, did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial?”
After Jackson asked Rubin what commercial he was talking about, Rubin responded, “Oh, you know what? My mistake."
“You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter,” Jackson stated. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne... We don’t all look alike.”
“You’re the entertainment reporter, and you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?” Jackson added. “There must be a very short line for your job.”
When Rubin tried to change the subject to Jackson's new movie, the actor responded, "Oh hell, no."
Jackson then told Rubin that he was not Morgan Freeman either.
After apologizing to Jackson during the interview, Rubin posted an apology on the KTLA website, which read in part:
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“I indicated to Samuel that I’d seen him during the Super Bowl, and he thought that I had confused him with the commercial Laurence Fishburne had done for a car company. Of course a “Captain America” ad had also run during the Super Bowl, but I immediately felt so dumb, I didn’t bring that up — and he gave me the shellacking that was well deserved.
“I pride myself on the fact — that unlike a lot of people who do this kind of work — more often than not, I really do know what I’m talking about. But I didn’t 30 minutes ago, and I’m really embarrassed about it, and I very much apologize to Samuel L. Jackson and anyone else who was offended for what was a very amateur mistake.”
Sources: KTLA and The Los Angeles Times