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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 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."

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 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 take prominent roles in American films.

"It was not a slam 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 Daniel Kaluuya, whose white girlfriend brings him home to her parents' house.

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Jackson also pointed to Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which starred David Oyelowo as King.

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."

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 one-way street.

"We're not afforded that same luxury, but that's fine, we have plenty of opportunities to work," he said.

"I enjoy their work," Jackson said of his British counterparts. "I enjoy working with them when I have the opportunity to do that."

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