Why we should support ‘Red Tails.’ It is rare that I miss one of my favorite shows The Daily Show but I did this week and iconic director George Lucas. I also consider Tyler Perry an iconic director but in this instance, George carries a different kind of weight. It is beyond rare that white Hollywood megastars speak out against racism in Hollywood. They don’t want to be attached to that and they feel it will affect their careers but what does George have to lose? Not a damn thing. He admitted with his outrageous leverage in Hollywood that even HE was denied support from the major studios on a movie it has taken him 23 years to make ‘Red Tails.’ The reason? The all black cast. I am personally asking urban radio to spread the word to support this movie. Why? think of the outcome if the movie hits.
“This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since,” Lucas told 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.
Lucas also informed 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.” reports the Huffington Post.