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Samuel L Jackson Mistaken For Laurence Fishburne By News Anchor, Actor Erupts In Furious Anger

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Samuel L Jackson was mistaken for Laurence Fishburne in an agonising television interview that saw KTLA anchor Sam Rubin ask him about a recent Super Bowl commercial that actually starred The Matrix actor.

The incident occurred on live television, and, as you’d expect, Jackson was apoplectic as he informed Rubin about his error.

Rubin began by telling Jackson, “You’re working for Marvel, the Super Bowl commercial; did you get a lot of reaction for that Super Bowl commercial?”

A bemused Jackson, who was conducting the interview in order to promote RoboCop, looked perplexed as he asked, “What Super Bowl commercial?”

Rubin was then clearly informed of his discrepancy as was visibly tongue-tied and laid dormant for a few seconds before uttering, “Oh, my mistake.”

However, Jackson instantly recognised Rubin’s error and he erupted, “See, you’re as crazy as the people on Twitter,” before he explained, “I’m not Laurence Fishburne!”

Rubin immediately sought to apologise, but he stumbled as he proclaimed, “That’s my fault, I know that. That was my fault, my mistake.”

Jackson wasn’t finished with his tirade though, and he argued back, “We don’t all look alike. We might be black and famous but we don’t look alike.”

Rubin then tried to say sorry again, and while another of his presenters tried to joke that Jackson had mistaken Rubin for Bob Dylan, the Pulp Fiction actor felt like he needed to further pick him apart for his heinous gaffe.

“You’re the entertainment reporter for this station?” Jackson asked,”And you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?”

Rubin looked to move beyond his comment as quickly as possible, trying several times to mention Jackson’s involvement in RoboCop, however the 65-year-old actor wasn’t quite done with him.

“Oh hell no, really? I’m the other guy, ‘What’s in your wallet?'” continued Jackson, as he made reference to his work for Capital One. “There’s more than one black actor in a commercial.”

However, despite the awkward inaccuracy, Jackson took it in as about as good a fashion as Rubin could have hoped for. This didn’t stop Jackson from continuing with his ribbing though and he concluded by differentiating himself from Morgan Freeman and Fisburne.

You can check out the entire incident below:

Eventually, Rubin managed to make Jackson talk about RoboCop, but his advertisement for the sci-fi reboot was somewhat overshadowed by the blunder. It could have been worse though. At least Jackson was in Atlanta, and not sat right next to Rubin when the lapse was made. But that’s probably the only solace that he can take.

You can also watch Rubin’s apology:

[Image via JStone & Debby Wong/Shutterstock]

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25 Responses to “Samuel L Jackson Mistaken For Laurence Fishburne By News Anchor, Actor Erupts In Furious Anger”

  1. Janice M. Blackwell

    After reading the headlines, I was looking for "furious anger"….never saw it. SMH!

  2. Ethan Murphy

    Are entertainers the only people who throw temper tantrums over being misidentified?

  3. Cameron Lewis

    Furious anger though? What part of the interview was that? Whomever wrote this headline is an idiot. I heard laughter the ENTIRE TIME. LOL. What's wrong with people these days?

  4. Jack Kasza

    Another one who plays the race card whenever possible . It must be terrible going thru life with a racial block on your shoulder. Playing the race card is WEAK. Hope and change? Not!

  5. Rodney Campbell

    Damon Foster , Next you'll be telling me Marcus Smart shouldn't be facing assault charges for attacking a fan. Regardless what was said violence shouldn't have been his answer. If you get called a piece of crap & then act like one you prove the point, just like Jackson constantly proves his racist agenda.

  6. Gregory Malcomb

    You kidding? Samuel L Jackson has been around longer than Laurence Fisburne, Fisburne should be so lucky to be mentioned in the same sentence as Mr Jackson. You sir know nothing about actors

  7. George Rue

    He's reading a prompter. someone else wrote what he said. It's not really his fault. He's just taking responsibility for what he said. But It's not his fault. Sam is just too sensitive.

  8. Anonymous

    It's time that this type of paranoid insecurity stop. It's not about race. The reporter didn't confuse him with Obama, Danny Glover, or Oprah. It's an honest mistake – albeit an amateur one. I don't blame Mr. Jackson (not Randy or Jesse, rather Samuel) for being upset that he's (somewhat often) confused with someone else. [By the way, recently an African American woman confused Samuel with Lawrence during a conversation I had with her.]

    Does your intelligence deduce that this reporter actually dislikes Mr. Jackson or black people? Talk about conspiracy theories. Grow up. Move on. "Stick and stones…"

    It's worth adding that this actual racism wherein it's believed that a man who makes an identity mistake is a racist just because he's white is unpleasant and immature. Likewise, if it's an "all white" jury, it's not automatically racism. FACT: What's actual and definitive racism is assuming because people are white that they are racists.

  9. Richard Bell

    “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you” – Jules Winfield, Pulp Fiction.

  10. Janice M. Blackwell

    Rodney Campbell , racist agenda???? We (Black folk) see "racist agenda" EVERYWHERE, EVERY DAY and we just deal with it. But folk such as yourself get defensive when we expose it ??? Do your thing Samuel L. Jackson. You've earned the right! And I'm gonna do mine, too. We may suffer but the doing it in silence days are over!!!

  11. Rodney Campbell

    Janice M. Blackwell , yes you see racism every where even when none exist. No I'm not saying there isn't racism but quite often there was none until someone like Jackson, Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton makes it racist. He was the one who made this a racist issue & it's not the first time. When you look for racism everyday everywhere as you say then you will see it regardless if it was there or not.

  12. Janice M. Blackwell

    Rodney Campbell I'll end this now because you either do not live in America or you have no knowledge of American history (like as far back as yesterday), therefore, there's no need to continue this convo. Take care.

  13. Rodney Campbell

    Janice M. Blackwell, lets talk history Prior to 1655 there were no legal slaves in the colonies, only indentured servants. All masters were required to free their servants after their time was up. Seven years was the limit that an indentured servant could be held. Upon their release they were granted 50 acres of land. This included any Negro purchased from slave traders. Negros were also granted 50 acres upon their release.

    Anthony Johnson was a Negro from modern-day Angola. He was brought to the US to work on a tobacco farm in 1619. In 1622 he was almost killed when Powhatan Indians attacked the farm. 52 out of 57 people on the farm perished in the attack. He married a female black servant while working on the farm.

    When Anthony was released he was legally recognized as a “free Negro” and ran a successful farm. In 1651 he held 250 acres and five black indentured servants. In 1654, it was time for Anthony to release John Casor, a black indentured servant. Instead Anthony told Casor he was extending his time. Casor left and became employed by the free white man Robert Parker.

    Anthony Johnson sued Robert Parker in the Northampton Court in 1654. In 1655, the court ruled that Anthony Johnson could hold John Casor indefinitely. The court gave judicial sanction for blacks to own slave of their own race. Thus Casor became the first permanent slave and Johnson the first slave owner.

    Whites still could not legally hold a black servant as an indefinite slave until 1670. In that year, the colonial assembly passed legislation permitting free whites, blacks, and Indians the right to own blacks as slaves.

    By 1699, the number of free blacks prompted fears of a “Negro insurrection.” Virginia Colonial ordered the repatriation of freed blacks back to Africa. Many blacks sold themselves to white masters so they would not have to go to Africa. This was the first effort to gently repatriate free blacks back to Africa. The modern nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia both originated as colonies of repatriated former black slaves.

    However, black slave owners continued to thrive in the United States.

    By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.

    and yet you blame everyone for something that happened hundred of years ago. I'm nor anyone in my family has ever stopped anyone from getting a job, education, nor anything else but constantly have to hear about racism. If I want to hear how bad someone was treated how about the Irish many were brought over as political prisoners and sold into slavery but they're not crying. And no I'm not Irish, I'm American by way of Scotland.

  14. Tom Kunich

    Oh, I see, they're saying that they all look alike. The fact is that those two do look alike. But neither one of them look like Cedric the Entertainer.

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