HARVARD ROASTS JACKSON

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/21/1999 12:00AM

Samuel L. Jackson was honored Thursday night as "Man of the Year" by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The nation's oldest drama group presented Jackson with its traditional brass pudding pot after subjecting him to a good-natured roast in Harvard Square. At one point Jackson, 49, was forced to wash his mouth out with soapy water (because of all the foul language in his roles) and recite the dramatic Biblical passage from Ezekiel that was featured in his best-known film, "Pulp Fiction." He then recited the same passage while imitating Yoda, the dwarfish "Star Wars" sage. (Jackson appears in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.") The leading man said he used to dream of an Academy Award, "but I never dreamed of a Hasty Pudding award." Ironically, he added, "I no longer dream of an Academy Award. And I have my Hasty Pudding award." Goldie Hawn was honored last week as the group's "Woman of the Year."

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