LeVar Burton Blasts J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino Over Star Trek and Django Unchained
LeVar Burton, Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, got a little fired up in a recent interview in regards to both J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino.
Regarding J.J. Abrams, Burton told the Toronto Sun he didn't like what he was hearing about Abrams talking about how his Star Trek is the only Star Trek.
(Abrams' Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I'm a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek - which would discount everything before he got there.
There's 'breaking the canon,' which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek's timeline). But there's also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.
I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they're working on technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that's part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,' I call bulls---, J.J.
LeVar Burton wasn't quite finished as he also had comments for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Roots, of which Burton starred in the latter.
He said that the characters in Roots weren't real, that Django was more real than Roots.
I call bullsh-- to Tarantino, too. I'm 56 years old, I've been in this business 36 years. I've earned the right to call bulls---.
He makes wonderful adolescent fantasies on steroids. I don't have to like a guy to enjoy his pictures. But don't, DON'T try and negate history!
The Sun notes LeVar Burton added "Sorry, you got me revved," with a laugh.