John Amos Disapproves of new ‘Roots’ Remake
The History Channel’s ‘Roots’ remake airs May 30th, however, one person you can be sure won’t be running to the tube is original ‘Roots’ actor John Amos.
Grown Toby said Hollywood isn’t just creatively bankrupt for remaking such a classic, but that nobody’s checking for the new version because it’s a different time.
Here’s what he told Huffington Post:
“I guess it will be contingent upon how well it’s done, but I don’t think it’s gonna have the same impact for a number of reasons,” he said. “One, the circumstances that ‘Roots’ was originally shown under was totally different circumstances than today. Today there seems to be tremendously more programming that has black subject matter and black characters, both on the screen and behind the scenes, than it existed with the development of the original. So much time has passed. I think there’s a great deal of apathy about the subject matter. I don’t think people are quite as interested. We had so many things going for us that made it such a unique and popular experience. One, the subject matter never [had] been delved into before. Two, it was derived from an international best seller… so there were a number of things that led ‘Roots’ to being the incredibly popular program it was.”
The 76-year-old actor went on to add that The History Channel’s decision to remake the hit series is “further evidence, for the most part, that Hollywood is creatively bankrupt. They have to keep going back to what’s been done and what’s successful because they’re pretty much out of fresh ideas.”
Does he have a point?