Samuel L Jackson Slams Hollywood For Its "Love Affair" With Black British Actors!

Megastar Samuel L Jackson says he's "bemused" with the growing trend of black British actors pipping their American rivals for juicy roles in big budget Hollywood movies.

And the 'Pulp Fiction' star said he believes that Hollywood's "love affair" with British black actors could simply be down to the fact that they're cheaper to hire than their American counterparts.

"They're cheaper than us, for a start. They don't cost as much," he said, adding that Hollywood also sees British actors as supposedly superior because of their classical training background.

But he believes that American actors can bring more experience and emotions to some of these roles that have gone to UK actors. As an example, Jackson says that he reckons that an American actor would've intuitively brought more to the table with the role of Martin Luther King Jr in the movie 'Selma' - which was a role that went to British actor David Oyelowo.

"There are some brothers in America who could have been in that movie who would have had a different idea about how King thinks or about how King felt," he said.

Jackson also said he would've preferred to see an American actor instead of the British actor, Daniel Kaluuya in the new movie 'Get Out' , which is about an African-American photographer who goes to meet his white girlfriend's family.

"Daniel grew up in a country where they've been interracial dating for a hundred years," said Jackson. "What would a brother from America have made of that role?" Making his point, Jackson added that "some things are universal" but not everything.

Jackson, who's new movie Kong: Skull Island' is just out, made his comments during an interview with US radio station Hot 97. "Everybody needs to work... but we've got a lot of brothers here that need to work too."

Jackson has also opened up about his gra for Ireland. "It's beautiful. I like the spirit of the people," he told website.

"I used to go to the Dublin Theatre Festival when I was a young actor in New York. It seemed like I was always in a play that they wanted to have at the festival so I had the chance to do that too.

"I love going across the Ha'penny Bridge to the Woolen Mills and get some good sweaters over there!"

Staying on the theme of all things Irish, Jackson's co-star in 'Kong: Skull Island', Brie Larson has said that she's eager to work again with Irish director Lenny Abrahamson. The pair worked on the internationally acclaimed movie 'Room', which resulted in the talented actress deservedly scooping an Oscar.

"Are you kidding me? He's like my favourite person in the whole world! All I want to do is work with him!" she told RTÉ Entertainment during a press junket in London to promote the new film.


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