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Samuel L. Jackson Berates Anchor Who Confuses Him With Laurence Fishburne

Samuel L. Jackson was on KTLA Monday morning to promote his new film, the rebooted 'RoboCop', but the star wanted to talk about anything except his movie after the anchor confused him with Laurence Fishburne.

"Working for Marvel, the Super Bowl commercial, did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial?," Sam Rubin asked Jackson, referring to Fishburne's Matrix commercial for Kia called 'The Truth'.

"What Super Bowl commercial?," Jackson asked.

After a moment of awkward silence, Rubin realized his mistake but the 65-year-old actor berated the anchor: "See, you're as crazy as the people on Twitter. I'm not Laurence Fishburne! We don't all look alike! We may be all black and famous, but we don't look alike."

"I know that. That was my mistake," replied Rubin. "I am guilty."

"You're the entertainment reporter?!," continued Jackson. "And you don't know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne? There must be a very short line for your job. I'm the other guy, the 'What's in your wallet' black guy."

"And I've actually never done a McDonalds or a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial. I know that's surprising. And I'm the only black guy in RoboCop that's not a criminal."

Rubin tried to laugh off what he called the "well-deserved spanking," but later admitted that his error would probably "have a life all of its own."

Rubin later issued an official apology on KTLA's website but claimed that he hadn't really confused Jackson with Fishburne .

"I indicated to Samuel that I'd seen him during the Super Bowl, and he thought that I had confused him with the commercial Laurence Fishburne had done for a car company," Rubin said. "Of course a Captain America ad had also run during the Super Bowl, but I immediately felt so dumb, I didn't bring that up and he gave me the shellacking that was well deserved."

"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. 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."

February 11, 2014 |

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