Samuel L Jackson says he made claims about black British actors being “cheaper” than their American counterparts because he is a “feather ruffler”.
The actor, 68, caused controversy with his comments about the casting of British actor Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. He said in March: “They’re cheaper than us for a start. And [directors] think they’re better than us because they’re classically trained.”
Other actors hit back, with Ruth Negga saying: “I really don’t think someone … would employ me just because I’m cheaper than someone else.”
Jackson later backtracked, and has now told the Standard: “The British actors are cheaper statement was a poor effort at levity and highly insensitive on my part. Firstly, I have no knowledge of anyone’s price quotes but my own and I have no animus towards actors from any country doing any job.
“I’ve been fortunate to work in many countries and quite a bit in the UK too — I have met and worked with immensely talented people that more than deserve that coveted ‘shot’ in Hollywood.
“I’m a bit of a feather ruffler at times and I wondered something out loud that wasn’t intended to be a social commentary, and probably should have just remained a question in my mind.”
Jackson was speaking as his charity One For The Boys celebrated its fourth year.
It raises awareness among men about health risks such as testicular and prostate cancer and recently held a pop-up at Canary Wharf, The Waiting Room, for men to receive checks.