*Having appeared in six Quentin Tarantino films, including the latest, “The Hateful Eight,” Samuel L. Jackson recently weighed in on the director’s frequent use of the N-word in his films – which the media has made a thing.
“I don’t understand the whole craziness about it, or people spending their time sitting in a movie counting the number of times a word is said,” Jackson said at a Q&A at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar this week.
“[I don’t understand] why nobody said anything about it in ‘12 Years a Slave,’ when [the N-word] is said, like, 300 times, but nobody said, ‘Oh, that’s awful in a movie,’” Jackson noted. “People tend to think Quentin is this pop artist that has this affectation, or, as some critics have written, juvenile obsession with the word . . . all of a sudden, when you’re sitting in a theater, it’s like, ‘How many times do I have to hear this?’ As many times as the character says it! If you don’t like the story . . . leave the movie.”