Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino attend THE HATEFUL EIGHT Press Conference at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on December 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino attend THE HATEFUL EIGHT Press Conference at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on December 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

*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.”