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Samuel Jackson: Comments about black Brit actors not a slam

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/9/2017 By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer
Samuel L. Jackson, right, and LaTanya Richardson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Samuel L. Jackson, right, and LaTanya Richardson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samuel Jackson says 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."

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, actor Samuel L. Jackson attends "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" red carpet event in New York. In an appearance Monday, March 6, 2017, on the radio station Hot 97, Jackson criticized the casting of black British actors in American films like the horror hit “Get Out” and the Martin Luther King Jr. drama “Selma.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, actor Samuel L. Jackson attends "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" red carpet event in New York. In an appearance Monday, March 6, 2017, on the radio station Hot 97, Jackson criticized the casting of black British actors in American films like the horror hit “Get Out” and the Martin Luther King Jr. drama “Selma.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his comments Monday on the radio station Hot 97 were more of an observation about "how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes."

He noted at the premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" that black British actors drop their accents to work on American films, but the same opportunity isn't necessarily given to black American actors.

Jackson said he respects and likes working with his British counterparts.

His comments drew criticism from John Boyega, the British "Star Wars" star, who on Twitter called the debate a "stupid" conflict "we don't have time for."

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