- The Washington Times - Friday, September 30, 2016

Director Tim Burton is catching flak for his predominantly white cast in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” but he says he finds it more offensive when directors diversify their casts to be politically correct.

Samuel L. Jackson’s villainous Barron appears to be the only nonwhite character in Mr. Burton’s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 bestseller, Bustle reported.

“Nowadays, people are talking about it more,” said Mr. Burton, 58, regarding film diversity. But “things either call for things, or they don’t.

“I remember back when I was a child watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ and they started to get all politically correct,” he said. “Like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black. I used to get more offended by that than just … I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.”

Mr. Jackson said he “noticed” the film’s lack of diversity but wasn’t bothered enough by it to turn down the role.

“I had to go back in my head and go, how many black characters have been in Tim Burton movies?” Mr. Jackson told Bustle. “And I may have been the first, I don’t know, or the most prominent in that particular way, but it happens the way it happens. I don’t think it’s any fault of his or his method of storytelling, it’s just how it’s played out. Tim’s a really great guy.”

Mr. Jackson appears to be the first black actor to land a leading role in Mr. Burton’s lengthy filmography, Bustle reported.

The director’s comments made him a trending topic Thursday on Twitter.

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