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Samuel L. Jackson: Comments on black Brit actors not a slam

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Samuel L. Jackson

LOS ANGELES — Samuel L. Jackson said Wednesday he wasn’t trying to slam black British actors when he criticized their casting in American films such as the horror hit “Get Out” and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. drama “Selma.”

Jackson told The Associated Press that his comments Monday on the radio station Hot 97 weren’t necessarily misunderstood, but his criticism was not of the performers but rather of the system that allows black actors from overseas to take prominent roles in American films.

“ It wa s n o t a s l a m against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes,” Jackson said at the premiere of his new film “Kong: Skull Island.”

Jackson noted on Monday that a lot of roles are going to British actors. He said he wondered what “Get Out” would have been like “with an American brother who really feels that.” Jordan Peele’s film is about an African-American photographer, played by the British actor D a n i e l K a l u uya , whose white girlfriend brings him home to her parents’ house.

Jackson also pointed to Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” wh i c h s ta r re d D av i d Oyelowo as King.

On Wednesday, Jackson was complimentary of the skills and hard work black British performers put in to take on American roles, but he said that was a oneway street.

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