Here’s a spot no interviewer would ever want to be in: Samuel L. Jackson himself demanding that you drop an N-bomb. In a recent interview with Houston, Texas’ Fox TV affiliate, Samuel L. Jackson refused to answer a question about the frequent use of the N-word in Django Unchained unless the interviewer—Jake Hamilton, a white man—said it out loud.
Jackson poked fun at the question, pretending not to understand Hamilton’s reference: “No? Nobody? None? The word would be?”
Hamilton was taken off guard before responding “I don’t want to say it,” before skipping the question entirely, which gets a good chuckle out of Jackson.
“It was a good question,” Hamilton said following the incident. Jackson shot back with “No it wasn’t. It wasn’t a good question if you can’t say the word.”
The film’s liberal use of the word (110 times is the count that’s circling the web) has stirred up controversy with many, most notably Spike Lee. Despite the criticism, the film released to a massive opening on Christmas Day.
Watch the video below. The section begins around the 14-minute mark.