Appearing this week on Larry King
Now, director Jay Roach compared the civil rights movement of the
sixties to LGBT rights.
Roach directed the upcoming film All
the Way, in which President Lyndon B. Johnson (played by Bryan
Cranston) works on passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. HBO will
premiere the film on Sunday.
When a viewer asked whether Roach
considers the film timely given the uproar going on over a law in
North Carolina which limits LGBT rights, Roach answered “absolutely.”
“I just saw yesterday that the
attorney general is suing the state using the Civil Rights Act of
1964 – this very act that's passed during our film, because it
included clauses on discrimination based on sex,” Roach
told host Larry King.
“It's a perpetual battle for civil
rights, whatever class gets sort of scapegoated as being the
'problem' class that people decide to turn against. It's unfortunate
that you can't just pass an act and it just goes away. It takes
years of battle at every level,” he added.