Through war with honor. Through adversity with courage. Through it all with each other. These are the powerful words that describe the black pilots, who made up the team called the “Tuskegee Airmen”, who fought to defend their country when it needed them the most. George Lucas, the creator, director and producer of the Star Wars series has once again created and produced another classic, Red Tails. Red Tails is based on the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen, starring the ever great Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.
A crew of black pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard, played by Terrence Howard. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options—including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Against all the odds these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country.
As a black actor, I implore you to go out and see Red Tails on January 20th!! We have to all go out and see Red Tails on January 20th. We have to make Red Tails number on that weekend because the future of films with all black casts depends on the success of Red Tails.
In an appearance on The Daily Show last night, 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.”
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References from Huffington post and Red Tails Wikipedia page