Actor Samuel L. Jackson put KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin in an awkward spot on Monday after Rubin apparently confused Jackson with another black actor, Laurence Fishburne.
Jackson appeared on the station via remote to promote his role in the upcoming remake of Robocop when Rubin asked, “Working with Marvel, the Super Bowl commercial — did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial?”
“What Super Bowl commercial?” Jackson asked in response; it was Fishburne who appeared in a Kia ad during the game, reprising his role of Morpheus from the Matrix film series.
Rubin is then shown looking off-camera before saying, “Oh, you know what? My mistake,” at which point Jackson began calling him out.
“You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter,” Jackson told Rubin. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne.” As Rubin threw his hands up admitting to the mistake, Jackson added, “We don’t all look alike.”
“You’re the entertainment reporter, and you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?” Jackson asked. “There must be a very short line for your job.”
“It’s probably not very hard to get another person to sit right here,” Rubin responded, before unsuccessfully trying to steer the conversation back to Jackson’s movie.
“Oh hell no,” Jackson insisted. “Really?”
After repeatedly apologizing to Jackson during the interview, KTLA posted a separate apology from Rubin on Monday afternoon.
“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,” Rubin wrote. “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.”
Watch the interview, as posted online on Monday, below.
[Image by Steve Jurvetson via Wikipedia Commons]
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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.
At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.
Watch the video below.
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"Oh come on, congressman," McCain said, laughing as Gaetz sputtered. "Come on, he's the swampiest swamp creature."
Gaetz started shouting about former President Bill Clinton's pardons, and claimed the presidential pardon power was a vestige from the British monarchy -- which gave the "sovereign" the authority to extend "unlimited grace."
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When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."