Lavar Burton contributed, perhaps, the most salient commentary on “Django Unchained” any celebrity of note has made when asked about the film while in New York this week.

Burton was in town for the taping of “Pioneers of Television“–which includes an installment focusing on “Roots”–when a TMZ photographer caught up with him. The interview got off to a somewhat awkward start when the photographer suggested that Jamie Foxx, as “Django,” and Burton, as Kunta Kinte,”played the two most famous fictional slaves in history–a remark that did not bode particularly well with the Roots actor.

“Is that a compliment?,” Burton asked.

“I think so,” the photographer answered gingerly.

Burton laughed off the comment but the photographer then mentioned that, while many people grew up on Roots, the younger generation is raving about Django Unchained. Putting the debate to rest, Burton explained the difference between the Emmy Award-winning television mini-series and the Academy Award-nominated Tarantino film.

“Well, here is what I want folks to understand: Django is a fantasy. It’s not history. Roots is history.”

For those who will want to add his name to the list of critics who have been lambasting the “Spaghetti Western,” don’t. In an interview with Ebony, Burton had this to say about the film:

I did not know that it was a comedy. I was unprepared. I saw it Christmas Day. I had heard about it, I didn’t do much reading about it. I knew that there was a controversy over language but I did not think it would be so funny. I thought Sam Jackson was brilliant. And the acting was superb — Leo, Jamie. Quentin Tarantino does very well this sort of adolescent fantasy on steroids. For whatever reason, Quentin really does enjoy putting people of color in his movies, so you’ve got to bless him for that.

Though, as NewsOne previously reported, Tarantino’s critique of Roots was not as complementary:

“When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” said Tarantino. “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.”

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3 thoughts on “Levar Burton: ‘Django Is A Fantasy. It’s Not History’

  1. Monica on said:

    Very disappointed that Tarantino saw Roots as oversimplified and that it didn’t ring true for him. Being from the south, I remember my grandmother (born in 1902) saying that she also thought that what her father said was just a story until some of the atrocities in Roots were acted out that he spoke of. Django left me asking what happened after they rode off into the night…most likely lynched. That is our reality, Mr. Tarantino.

  2. chuchoriccio on said:

    upto I saw the bank draft for $9910, I have faith that my mother in law woz like truley erning money part-time on there computar.. there uncles cousin had bean doing this for only about thirteen months and resently cleared the loans on there place and purchased a gorgeous Toyota. this is where I went,……. BIT40.ℂOℳ

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