CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Samuel L. Jackson had to prove he could be a nice guy before he claimed his brass pudding pot for being Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

Jackson, known for playing tough guys who use rough language, washed his mouth out with soap Thursday before a sold-out crowd at the comedy troupe's club.

Jackson, 49, recited 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 Hasty Pudding awards are given to performers who have made a ``lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment,'' the group said.

Jackson, who was nominated for an Academy Award for ``Pulp Fiction,'' also appeared in ``Jungle Fever,'' ``Jackie Brown'' and ``A Time to Kill.''