“We don’t all look alike”: Samuel L Jackson Destroyed Racist Reporter Who Mistook Him for Another MCU Star

"We don't all look alike": Samuel L Jackson Destroyed Racist Reporter Who Mistook Him for Another MCU Star
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Do you think there is probably a look-alike somewhere in the world for everyone? Well, if that’s the case, it probably doesn’t just apply to regular people who run into their look-alikes. It so does apply to famous people as well. For example, a news anchor once seemed to mistake, Samuel L Jackson for another Marvel star. Any guesses? 

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Well, interviews are a rare chance for the general public to see celebrities act outside of their roles on television, in films, or on stage. In the best-case scenario, the interactions help audiences feel more connected to celebrities.

In the worst case, they arouse public outrage. Samuel L Jackson, however, was unable to control his rage as KTLA news anchor, Sam Rubin mistook the actor for Laurence Fishburne, an actor who has won three Emmy Awards. 

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Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson

In 2014, Jackson criticized a Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter after he confused the Together for Days actor with Fishburne.

For the unversed, Fishburne is well known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix franchise.

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A News Anchor Confused Samuel L Jackson With Laurence Fishburne

The Los Angeles entertainment reporter, Sam Rubin invited Samuel L Jackson in 2014 for a quick interview to promote Jackson’s movie, RoboCop.  

Rubin brought up the subject of the Super Bowl commercial, which seemed to be a fatal oversight on Jackson’s part. The Ragtime actor was initially baffled, which was followed by an awkward pause. Just as Rubin was about to defend himself, Jackson snapped: 

“You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter!” 

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

He yelled while shaking his finger: 

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“I am NOT Laurence Fishburne!”

The reporter was obviously referring to a Kia commercial that featured The Matrix star, Laurence Fishburne rather than Jackson. Rubin’s mistake was followed by some more funny quotes from Jackson as the reporter desperately tried to bring up RoboCop again:

“We don’t all look alike! We may be all black and famous, but we don’t all look alike!”

Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne

He even prompted the reporter to recall:

“You’re the entertainment reporter for this station? And you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne? That must be a very short line for your job outside there.”

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Laurence Fishburne On Being Mistaken For Samuel L Jackson

Sam Rubin, who was interviewing actor, Samuel L Jackson, made an embarrassing error in 2014 while identifying the actor as Laurence Fishburne, which caused outrage on entertainment websites.

The mix-up resulted in Jackson giving Rubin a live roasting, but it turned out that similar situations have occurred in the past. In fact, Fishburne claimed during a 2013 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight that the two actors have been confused for the past many years.

Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix franchise
Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix franchise

Stroumboulopoulos agreed when Fishburne told him about a similar incident that he handled very differently from Jackson.

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“I was doing an interview in New York almost 20 years ago. A woman from Texas came up and interrupted the interview, ‘I don’t mean to bother you, but can I have your autograph Mr. Jackson?’”   

The Color Purple star further added:

“And so I wrote blah, blah, blah, Sam Jackson. So Sam and I have this running gag about it. Once upon a time people used to confuse Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman… it’s not a bad problem to have.”

Samuel L Jackson in Secret Invasion
Samuel L Jackson in Secret Invasion

On the professional front, Samuel L Jackson returned to the Disney+ series, Secret Invasion as Nick Fury. He will also reprise that role in The Marvels, the Captain Marvel sequel, which will be released on November 10, 2023.

His Secret Invasion is currently available for streaming on Disney Plus.

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Also read- “My black dialogue can be even more musical”: Quentin Tarantino Became Furious After Samuel L. Jackson Stole His Limelight Despite Working Together for Years

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Written by Siddhika Prajapati

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Between everyday normalities and supernatural abnormalities, Siddhika Prajapati finds the story in everything. Literature Honors Graduate and Post-Graduated in Journalism (from Delhi University), her undying need to deduce the extraordinary out of simplicity makes her a vibrant storyteller.

Serving as a Senior Entertainment Writer at Fandom Wire and having written over 1500 pieces, Siddhika has also worked with multiple clients and projects over the years, including Indian Express, India Today, and Outlook Group.

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