Jamie Foxxx seems to be cooning the whole thing up with many of the comments he's made.... I've never seen Ray, so I won't comment about his acting, but I would've been much more likely to see the film if Will Smith had signed on to the lead like Tarantino wanted. Foxxx seem's like the n*gga whose just happy to be in the house rather than the field, with all due respect...
I've never seen Roots, but it seems like this sort of film (D'Jango Unchained) and it's subject matter, given the sensitive nature of the issue and persistence of institutionalized racism today, would be better served as a strict history piece (ala biopic of Nat Turner, Amistad, Rosewood, etc), than some fusing of different genres. A revenge film doesn't really address the issues of slavery: just capitalizes on raw emotions. Slavery is still too real: it's still in our blood as AA people, and affects us everyday... and until America makes amends for its crimes, it will not go away. The difference between the holocaust & slavery: whether it's glossed over historically or not, Jewish descendants still get fu*king paid for the tragedy (overstated as it was)-- just like the Japanese for being interned in WW2. Nobody gives a fu*k about the descendants of slaves, which whose surplus labor created the wealth, power, and dominance that this nation has enjoyed since the 19th century... I don't know if any of these are the reason for Spike's displeasure, but i know these are my thoughts about any potential portrayal of slavery in the media.
Kind of like Schindler's List: only a Jewish director could've pulled that off and received mainstream acceptance, given the extreme volatility of subject matter. It wasn't just Spielberg's jewishness, it was his style and brand of filmmaking that made the movie acceptable. I'm not sure if Tarantino can do this, given the type of filmmaker he is...
You just explained why Spike ain't fu*king wit this movie.
1. Hollywood wouldn't let Spike or any other black director to make a real slave film say about Nat Turner just breaking free and offing dirty blood white folks.
2. Hollywood would not allow a black man to direct let alone write a movie about Jew revenge on Germans. That sh*t will never happen because it'd be like what is your relevance to the story? This will be too much it will be picketed etc. The power in Hollywood is Jewish so think about QTs last movie. He can make anything he wants and a lot has to do with his track record. Some has to do with what and how he tells stories, has he called anybody a kike? No but he manages to call somebody a ****** in ever film.
3. Now QT gets to write and direct a slave revenge flick and I mean he is white so I guess he relation to the story is I'm gonna pack the word ****** in here as many times as I can while this ****** k!lls everything white and I make 20mil off the back end of this film.
So I feel spike on the bullsh*t because if I ever make in this business I'm in the same boat, but I fu*ks with QTs skill level so I'm gonna see the flick. Bottom line is I think Spike has an issue with the system as do I. You will fund these gay a.ss Tyler Perry f*g flicks but my man Spike can't get a few dollars to make Red Hook Summer? A white kid can from Norway can write and direct a biopic about Jackie Robinson so why can't Spike write and direct a biopic about Babe Ruth... Wait for that to happen.