T.I. Admits That He Didn’t Think That Roots Should Have Been Remade
There was a chorus of moans and groans when it was announced that Alex Haley’s classic book-turned-film would be remade as a History Channel miniseries. One of the loudest voices of dissent was one of the show’s stars, Clifford “Tip” Harris.
In an interview with the HuffingtonPost, “The Kang” revealed the reasons he wasn’t really feelin’ it initially…
“This was an opportunity that he presented to me, and of course initially he got a little bit of push back from me,” T.I. said during an interview with HuffPost. “I will admit that I was one of the ones to say, ‘Man, I don’t know if that needs to be remade.’ It was just a huge undertaking for him as a producer and for me as an actor to sign up to remake such a classic and to tell a story that has so much pain and just so much turmoil involved in it.”
After some convincing by producer Will Packer, Tip decided that there was a character that he could relate to, the runaway slave Cyrus who is fighting in the Union Army against the Confederacy.
“I do know what it’s like to have your freedom be taken from you or to not have it be available to you,” he said. “I kind of amplified my thoughts and how I felt when my freedom was separate and apart from me. So I kind of took that and pushed upon it, because Cyrus is actually thee most rebellious and non-subservient character that there is. You never see Cyrus in ‘Roots’ as a slave, he’s always a runaway slave – running, dodging bullets and doing whatever it takes to maintain his freedom. So it wasn’t as slave written as the rest of the characters, but I think all of the characters collectively to the story are important.”
Did you watch Roots last night? You feelin’ it?
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