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Samuel L. Jackson used speech therapist to overcome stutter

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May 02, 2012 | 5:00am EDT

The Pulp Fiction star began performing in school plays when he was a young child but Jackson confesses he was constantly teased by his fellow classmates for having a stammer.

And the actor reveals his aunt finally took him to a communication specialist to boost his self-esteem.

He tells the New York Magazine, "It manifests itself more when I read than when I talk. I have no idea why."

But the 63 year old no longer feels any shame, insisting some of his best pals and Hollywood greats have also struggled with a speech disorder.

He adds, "Denzel (Washington) stuttered. James Earl Jones stuttered. There are still days when I have my n-n-n days or r-r-r days. I try to find another word."

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