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Quentin Tarantino Says ‘Roots’ Didn’t Tell the Real Story

By// Mariah Craddick

Quentin Tarantino, director of Django Unchained, recently expressed his frustration with past slavery movies, such as Mandigo, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Roots. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Taratino criticized the highly lauded Roots miniseries in particular, saying it didn’t tell the “complete story.”

“When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” he said. “It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”

Django Unchained‘s producer Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) agreed with Tarantino, and instead praised the Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman flick Glory.

“I liked the Black characters in Glory,” he said. “Didn’t see the point of the white ones. The true story was the slaves in the film. They should have been the main ­focal point of the entire plot. But somehow no one figured that out.”

Django Unchained — starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and more — opens in theaters Christmas day.