LeVar Burton

'Django Unchained' Is

NOTHING Like 'Roots'

2/6/2013 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Django Unchained" is NOT a movie that's based in reality ... and should NEVER be compared to real depictions of slavery like "Roots" ... so says LeVar Burton.

LeVar -- who played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 miniseries -- was in New York yesterday to participate in a PBS special about important TV programs ... when we asked him about comparisons between "Roots" and "Django."

"Here's what I want folks to understand," Burton said ... "'Django' is a fantasy, it's not history ... 'Roots' is history ... and that's the difference."

Side note -- Our photog couldn't have been LESS articulate in delivering the question ... and as a consequence, the entire newsroom banned together to shame and taunt him without mercy.