The controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's supposed over-use of a certain expletive in Django Unchained is on everyone's lips — except that few can actually bring themselves to say the word.

FOX Houston's film critic Jake Hamilton definitely couldn't when he asked Samuel L. Jackson about the brouhaha during a recent sit-down.

"There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the usage of the N-word in this movie," Hamilton began before Jackson cut him off. "No? Nobody? None? The word would be...?" the actor inquired facetiously.

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A comic yet poignant standoff ensued between the two, with Jackson attempting to compel Hamilton to say the word, and Hamilton refusing to at the risk of abandoning the question altogether.

Since controversy has yet to ever hurt a movie's box office performance, Django Unchained climbed over Les Miserables to reach the number two spot this week after playing second fiddle to Tom Hooper's adaptation on Christmas Day.

[H/T: ONTD]