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Django Unchained Director Says The Movie Roots Was Oversimplified

Quentin Tarantino wants to do more movies about slavery. The Django Unchained director says that he would like to do more stories along the lines of slavery but with different actors and different story lines. Tarantino told The Guardian, “We all intellectually ‘know’ the brutality and inhumanity of slavery… but after you do the research it’s no longer intellectual any more, no longer just historical record – you feel it in your bones. It makes you angry, and want to do something … I’m here to tell you, that however bad things get in the movie, a lot worse sh*t actually happened.”

Tarantino says that Hollywood wanted no part of Django Unchained, which comes out on Christmas Day. In an interview with The Daily Beast Tarantino said, “Hollywood didn’t want to deal with it because it was too ugly and too messy.”

Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, is about a slave in the pre-Civil War South. After being freed, he goes back to find his wife who has been sold to another slave owner. Along his journey, he seeks revenge on those who enslaved him. Tarantino and African American producer, Reginald Hudlin, say that Django is very different from a movie like Roots and they share the same sentiment about the Alex Haley classic.

Tarantino says, “When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either.” “I didn’t see it when it first came on, but when I did, I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”

Tarantino wants to tell the truth about slavery from a different point of view than that of Roots. One scene in particular that struck a nerve with Tarantino and Hudlin, about Roots, was that Chicken George had the opportunity to retaliate against his master and he turned it down. In Django, the two have put a twist to that kind of scenario.

Django Unchained also stars Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino says that he is ready for the backlash that he knows he is going to receive for this movie, but he welcomes it.







Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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