FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) – When KTLA anchor Sam Rubin stumbled into confusing Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne, he found himself in a pitfall familiar to many who have worked in live television: stepping in it, and getting caught.
Rubin’s slip, which Jackson immediately called him on, played out as follows:
Rubin: Did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial?
Jackson: What Super Bowl commercial?.
Rubin: Oh. My mistake. I’ve been (uh buh buh).
Jackson: You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter. I’m not Laurence Fishburne.
Rubin: That’s my fault. I know that. That was my fault. My mistake.
Jackson: We don’t all look alike! We may all be black and famous, but we don’t all look alike.
That of course is the abridged synopsis. For the full awkward encounter, see the video above.
The entertainment reporter was noticeably flummoxed, and was repeatedly and admirably apologetic, as Jackson hilariously grilled him for the next minute for his gaffe. It should also be noted, one of Rubin’s co-workers (off-camera) unceremoniously threw him under the bus with a “you are guilty!”
As the Junkies discussed on Tuesday morning, this was eerily similar (at least upon first glance) to an on-air botch made by their own entertainment reporter, Kevin McCarthy, during a live radio interview with “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” star Michael K. Williams in 2009.
Let’s revisit, shall we?
See, Kevin is the ultimate movie nerd. His acumen for picking up the little details in movies is unmatched; part of which, I’d like to believe, can be attributed to the nature of his OCD — which forces him to hone in on little subtleties with laser-sharp focus — but also, because he’s a complete fanboy.
But none of that is applicable here.
Things to listen for: How fast everyone piles on Kevin (true to Junkies’ botch nature), how high-pitched Eric’s voice gets (that’s how you know he’s really upset), and how utterly embarrassed Kevin is by his botch.
From the Junkies: