Quentin Tarantino’s controversial film about American slavery is set to hit theaters this Christmas. One of the film’s star’s, Samuel L. Jackson, sat down with the Grio and said that he’s proud of the work, and that America’s Civil Rights Movement heros would be, too.
“Quentin just has this affinity for writing things that intersperse dramatic events with humorous occasions,” Jackson said. “He’s not making fun of the atrocity of slavery, he’s attacking it head-on. It’s not going to be offensive, it should be informative.”
When asked what he thought Martin Luther King Jr.’s impression of Django Unchained would be if he were alive to see the film, Jackson said, “He would probably appreciate the honest interpretation of how horrific slavery was, and the honest interpretation of having a black hero.”
Django Unchained hits theaters on December 25, 2012.
Tarantino has been the target of criticism for bringing is brash and comical style of filmmaking to a dense subject like slavery. Earlier this week, the director made news after comparing the War on Drugs to the institution of slavery. Not everyone was impressed by the comparison.