A Los Angeles reporter did a number on himself on Monday when he apparently mistook Samuel L. Jackson for fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview with the star, TMZ reports.
KTLA Entertainment anchor Sam Rubin was having a virtual sit-down with Jackson, who was in Atlanta for his new movie, RoboCop, when he asked Jackson about his Super Bowl commercial. One small problem, though: Jackson did not come out with a Super Bowl commercial this year. And, well, it’s pretty easy to guess what happened once Jackson realized what was going on.
“You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter. I am not Laurence Fishburne!” Jackson said, shaking his head, reminding the anchor that just because both actors were black and famous didn’t mean they were the same person. “We don’t all look alike!”
Rubin was immediately contrite, apologizing over and over again, before trying to get the interview back on track. But Jackson wasn’t about to let him get away that easily.
“You’re the entertainment reporter for this station?” Jackson asked incredulously. “You don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne? That must be a very short line for your job.
“Oh, hell no,” he added when Rubin once again tried to change the subject to his movie. “Really? Really?!“
Jackson then went on to explain the difference between him, Fishburne and other famous black actors. “I’m the other guy … There’s more than one black guy doing commercials,” he joked. “I’m the what’s-in-your-wallet black guy. He’s the car black guy. Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy.”
After the disastrous interview, Rubin had some quiet time, away from Jackson’s bantering, to properly apologize, in his own way.