jake hamilton & sam jackson

Jake Hamilton and Samuel L. Jackson

*During the “Django Unchained” press junket, FOX Houston entertainment reporter Jake Hamilton sat down for 1:on:1s with the cast.

Everything was going OK until he decided to ask Samuel L. Jackson about the controversy surrounding the use of the n-word

“There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the usage of the N-word in this movie,” Hamilton began before Jackson cut him off. “No? Nobody? None? The word would be…?” the actor inquired facetiously.

Hamilton responded with a shy, “I don’t wanna say it” and an uncomfortable smile and thus began the 40-second-long, “say-the-word, no-I-won’t-say-it” portion of the interview in which Hamilton refuses to say the n-word and Jackson refuses to answer the question unless he says it.

(A transcript of their conversation is below.)

Hmm, interesting. And in the interest of keeping things moving, they did just and moved on to the next subject.

To check out the exchange in the video below, between the two, scroll to the 13:55 mark of the interview.

Here’s the transcript of the back & forth:

HAMILTON: “I don’t want to say it.”
JACKSON: “Why not?”
HAMILTON: “I don’t like to say it.”
JACKSON: “Have you ever said it?’
HAMILTON: “No sir.”
JACKSON: “Try it.”
HAMILTON: “I don’t like to say it.”
JACKSON: “TRY IT!”
HAMILTON: “Really, seriously…”
JACKSON: “We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it.”
JACKSON: “You want to move on to another question?”
HAMILTON: “OK, awesome!”
HAMILTON: “I don’t like… I don’t want to say it.”
JACKSON: “Oh, come on!”
HAMILTON: “Will you say it?”
JACKSON: “No, f*ck no. That’s not the same thing.”
HAMILTON: “Why do you want me to say it?”
JACKSON: “They’re gonna bleep it when you say it on your show, so SAY IT!”
HAMILTON: ” I cant’t say it. If I say it this question wont make air”
JACKSON: “OK, forget it”
HAMILTON: “OK, I’ll skip it sorry guys. I was a good question”
JACKSON: “No it wasn’t. It wasn’t a great questions if you can say a word”

Interestingly, the interview has been live on Hamilton’s YouTube account since December 15, but it recently went viral after it inspired a Reddit discussion on racism, the FCC and Jackson’s ways, reports UPI.