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Newton’s own Eli Roth examines fear

Writer/director/actor Eli Roth speaks during the ‘Curiosity’ panel during the Discovery Channel portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Newton-bred actor-director Eli Roth was in Los Angeles over the weekend to talk up his involvement in the new Discovery Channel series, “Curiosity.’’ The show, which kicks off this Sunday at 8 p.m., will air 60 episodes over the next five years. Roth, star of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds’’ and director of the “Hostel’’ films, joins celeb participants including Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Stephen Hawking by asking an “I wonder’’ question to be answered by the experts. Roth’s episode will explore the nature of evil and fear by recreating the famous Milgram experiments for the series, in which subjects thought they were administering electric shocks to people in another room. “Something like 65 percent of the people would go to the point where they actually killed the person because they believed it was an experiment,’’ Roth told reporters at a press conference for the show at the Beverly Hilton. “So there is something in human beings, that is in everybody that, if they feel they’re right or it’s displaced on a third person that allows us to disconnect. And we really wanted to explore that.’’ Roth’s episode of “Curiosity’’ will air next year.

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