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Stephen Colbert likes to push his guests on The Colbert Report. So when Samuel L. Jackson visited the show Monday, Colbert couldn't help but ask the Avengers star -- repeatedly -- if he was, in fact, a black man.
After dodging the race question a few times, Jackson finally said: "I'm not black, white or anything. I'm..." After a dramatic pause, Jackson announced. "I'm a movie star!"
Colbert had earlier asserted that he doesn't define people by race, because it sets up a system that could give some groups a superiority complex. But clearly amused with Jackson's response, Colbert replied: "That is one group I wouldn't mind belonging to. That's incredible. Does that feel good?"
Comfortable with his superstar status, 62-year-old Jackson -- who holds the Guinness Book of World Records title of Box Office Titan for highest box office grosses of any actor in movie history -- tried to explain what it means to be a movie star.
"You have no idea. It's a feeling I can't explain," Jackson said. "I try and act like it's not a big deal. But it's a pretty big f***ing deal!"
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