“Red Tails” by George Lucas and Anthony Hemingway

Posted: January 12, 2012 in News
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What do you know about the Tuskegee Airmen? Honestly I don’t know too much. I’ve heard rumors and small stories about them but never the whole truth.  It’s almost like the X-files.  That part of history seems shrouded in mystery and doubt.  Well I ran across this little tidbit of information that I hope you will find interesting.

In an appearance on The Daily Show, George Lucas said that he had trouble getting funding for his new movie, “Red Tails,” because of its black cast.

“This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since,” Lucas quipped to Jon Stewart. “It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all…I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.”

“Red Tails,” which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard, is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of pioneering black pilots who fought in the United States’ segregated armed forces during World War II. The movie is directed by Anthony Hemingway, the rare black director getting a chance to direct a big-budget feature.

Last week, Lucas told USA Today that he was worried that if Red Tails was a failure, it could have negative repercussions for black filmmakers. “I realize that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk [with Red Tails, whose $58 million budget far exceeds typical all-black productions],” he said. “I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that [lower-budget] mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there.”

CLICK LINK TO SEE INTERVIEW – the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-george-lucas

Now, I’m not going to say you have to see the movie just to support black actors, I want to say go see the movie because it’s a part of our history that has not been shown as it should be.  Those were true role models and heroes.  In the interview you hear George Lucas say that even Tyler Perry moves are considered in the low budget realm.  I know most would and probably have taken offense to that but as far as I’m concerned, it’s FACT! Why can’t we have movies like that from our black filmmakers? Why do we have to always be depicted in the roles we see in most of those films? Why can’t we do a “Avatar” or better yet a new generation “Huxtables”? It’s beyond me.  Well this post was not meant to discredit or defame anyone.  These are just thoughts.  My thoughts.  As I filmmaker our job is to bring great stories to life…not just a great looking film but a film with substance.  Lucas said, he thought it was a great story and he spent time with the men that made it all happen.  He started with about 40 of them and it has now dwindled to less than 10.  It’s a shame those that didn’t make it won’t be able to see how wonderful the film will be.

Well, I’ll be going out to see the movie, not just to support it but also to see a little bit into our history.

  1. Tiffany says:

    Good post! I agree and will be supporting this movie and a very important part of our history!

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