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Somewhere, there is a list of faux pas one never wants to make as an entertainment reporter.
Mistaking Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne definitely has to be in the top ten. At least.
Unfortunately, that ship has sailed for Sam Rubin.
While interviewing Jackson via live feed on KTLA 5 in Southern California, Rubin asked a question that quickly sent the situation flying into awkward territory
“Did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial?”
“What Super Bowl commercial?” Jackson replied.
A brief pause ensued, during which someone off-camera apparently informed the reporter that he’s made a mistake.
Rubin quickly tried to save face and move on, but of course Jackson couldn’t let him get away without a few amusing jabs.
“See?! You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter!” the actor accused. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne! We don’t all look alike!”
Zing! Slightly uncomfortable racist joke number one.
Despite Rubin’s constant attempts to steer the conversation towards Jackson’s role in the RoboCop
remake hitting theaters this month, he didn’t escape a few more jokes aimed at his unfortunate error (McDonalds and KFC were mentioned...).
Later on, the anchor apologized
, claiming that he meant Jackson’s appearance in the Captain America
trailer, not the Kia commercial featuring Fisburne.
Either way, this isn’t the only time that the two actors have been confused.
Jackson has complained before about interviewers asking him about the Matrix
trilogy, and Fishburne has even used Jackson’s name in an autograph when a woman told him that her daughter loved him in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction
Watch the hilarity unfold below.
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