LeVar Burton on ‘Django Unchained’ and a new ‘Roots’ miniseries

November 5, 2013
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“I got nothing against him, but don’t go there, okay? Don’t go there, Quentin.”

LeVar Burton responding to Quentin Tarantino’s claim that “Django Unchained” was a more accurate depiction of slavery than “Roots.” “Taken at face value, as a piece of satire, I went and enjoyed it,” the actor tells New York magazine. “Let’s just not get it twisted. Django was not real.” Burton said he admires “12 Years a Slave” and supports the announced remake of “Roots”: “My initial reaction was, ‘Why?’ But, look, the bottom line for me is if one soul is moved irrevocably toward the side of humanity, then it’s worth it.” 

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