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Roth has only one directorial credit, and that is the 1999 film Warzone. This is a dark and violent story about a teenage boy who confronts his father over sexual abuse in his family. Roth made the film in part because of his own experience of such trauma, although he was not abused by his father like a character in his film. Speaking with The keeper in 2016, the actor revealed that both he and his father (journalist Ernie Smith) were abused by Roth’s grandfather.
In a subsequent interview with NPRRoth said a friend introduced him to Alexander Stewart’s War Zone. He was interested in adapting it in part because he wanted to make some corrections to the portrayal of abusive family relationships. “He was speculating about what it’s like, you know, living in an abusive relationship or in an abusive home,” the actor said. “And it was all good and good, and he did a very good job of it. But I said, ‘Well, let me give you an insider’s point of view.'”
The film was well received, but Roth never returned to the director’s chair – and is not going to. “I’m done with it,” he said when Soon asked if he would ever make another film. “That was what I had to get off [my chest]. I’ve been told so many times by other directors, “Go and make your own movie, don’t get in my head.” So I did, and I did it, and then I moved on.”
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available. visit National Network of Rape, Abuse and Incest website or contact RAINN National Help Desk at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).