Jackie Brown star Pam Grier has defended the use of the N-word in Quentin Tarantino‘s films.
During a recent appearance on SiriusXM, Grier dismissed the notion that Tarantino was responsible for the prolific usage of the word in his films, suggesting it was instead down to Samuel L. Jackson and the style of characters he played.
“That was Sam’s acting craft doing it,” said Grier. “And people brought that up. And Quentin says, ‘I don’t know why they do it. I didn’t do it.’ And Sam said, ‘No, I did it. I said it.’”
Grier said that, while Jackson ad-libbed many of the N-words in films such Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, it was important that the dialogue remained authentic. The actress went on to suggest that the usage of the word was appropriate for the characters Jackson was playing.
“Cause his character should say that that many times,” she said. “My n****, come on now. You know, that’s an endearment. That’s that jargon. That’s that street hustle, your tone.”
Grier went on to state that the use of the word reflected on the characters Jackson was portraying, rather than the actor himself.
“Sam didn’t do it,” she said. “[Tarantino] only wrote maybe 10 times in the script, but Sam’s character did it like 50.”
Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Pulp Fiction’. CREDIT: Alamy
The actress also dismissed the idea that Tarantino’s use of the N-word in his film could be offensive because is white.
“That’s overthinking,” she said. “That’s overthinking… They’re people trying to find out, ‘Is there something wrong with the filmmaker?’”
Last week, Tarantino listed the seven movies he believes to be “perfect” – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Jaws (1975), The Exorcist (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Young Frankenstein (1974), and Back To The Future (1985).
The director made the claim while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He did note, however, that taste in art is subjective, and this his choices may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”.