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A big sneak peek into the film Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen, has been released. Watch 7 minutes of the movie inside and find out what director George Lucas had to say about why Hollywood wants nothing to do with a film made up of an all-black cast.

We told you earlier about the Tuskegee Airmen film Red Tails, which stars so many of Hollywood's finest including Method Man, Ne-Yo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard; but you might not know how hard it was to get the film made.  Which is why George Lucas came out his own pocket for the project.

During revealing "The Daily Show" and USA Today interviews with director and writer George Lucas, the inner dealings of Hollywood and its racist tendencies were discussed.

Apparently, big budget movie companies think films with large Black casts (or films aimed at Black America) are risky business.  Shocker. Because of this, it's very difficult for films with a Black slant to get financing.  So what does this mean?

It means that Hollywood will be paying close attention to the box office of Red Tails (debuting January 20) and its success/failure may dictate the future of Black films. 

Luckily, the film has a great director, a strong cast and looks fabulous (as you will see in the sneak peek). 

Check out what Mr. Lucas said below and watch the sneak peek and interview:

On the difficulty getting funding:

This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I've been trying to get released ever since ... 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.

On the movie's impact on 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]. 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.

 

 

Watch the sneak peek:

 

Watch the full George Lucas interview here:

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White folks DON'T want to see

White folks DON'T want to see a movie like this ...because it puts them in a NEGATIVE LIGHT..!!! BUT WE NEED FOR THE TRUTH TO BE TOLD.. !!!! The true HEROES are the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN..!!!!! "RED TAILS" is an EXCELLENT MOVIE..DONE BY A BEAUTIFUL CLASS OF PEOPLE..!!! TU- U KNOW..!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

The above statement is part

The above statement is part of why movies like this have so much trouble getting made and released. I am white and so is my wife and we were waiting for this movie to come out since we heard about it. We loved it, have told everyone we know (white black and asian) to see it not because it's a black movie but because it's a good movie. Until both sides of the black and white argument can quit complaining about who will or will not want to see a movie based on it's racial make-up and simply make and want to see well-made movies, ignorant points like yours and Hollywood's will continue to dictate that we see crap like Transformers over, and over, and over again.
Jay Faulconer's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

Sorry, I do want to see a

Sorry, I do want to see a movie like this. My wife and I raised our child to be color blind, everyone to be treated equally. My son is very interested in the Tuskegee Airmen teaching him what I do know and shows we watched on TV. I am very proud of these BRAVE men for their contribution in WWII as well as standing up for being treated fairly. I want to take my son to see this film however at 8 yrs old I don't think he will be allowed due to the rating. I have shown him the trailers online. Thank you.
Anonymous's picture

SUPPORT THIS MOVIE! WHY

SUPPORT THIS MOVIE! WHY WATCH 7 MINUTES?
pgrip's picture

Where can I buy a tee shirt

Where can I buy a tee shirt with "Red Tail" on the shirt.
Anonymous's picture

George Lucas, the mastermind

George Lucas, the mastermind behind Star Wars, who has proven that his movies can generate billions, CANNOT get Hollywood support because the movie has an all-black cast. If you have the same exact movie, same exact script, but replace the black actors with white actors, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. It is obviously disrespectful to black folks, but what is less obvious is the disrespect to George Lucas.
Deb's picture

This movie looks good. It's a

This movie looks good. It's a must see.
Buckpost's picture

This movie looks good. It's a

This movie looks good. It's a must see.
Buckpost's picture

I know one of the airmen

I know one of the airmen personally this is a great story to tell! But did George Lucas say in the begining he likes Dog fighting?! smh
Anonymous's picture

He means dogfighting: the act

He means dogfighting: the act of aerial combat between planes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogfight Come on now, tell me you knew that.
mexoplex's picture

Hmm....does anybody else

Hmm....does anybody else think that for a $60 million movie scheduled to be released in about a week---this movie hasn't received much publicity? Or have I just been living under a rock?
Anonymous's picture

No, you have not been living

No, you have not been living under a rock. That is George Lucas' point. Like Tyler Perry, he had to go a different route because Hollywood said no to an all-black cast. So you are not going to have the normal press tour.
Deb's picture

President Obama is screening

President Obama is screening this movie tonight at the White House! And he's inviting some Tuskeegee Airmen. How cool is that?
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This was a really good

This was a really good trailer. I like how the vets, Cuba and Terrance have a senior role. Love Cuba anyway!! Everyone needs to support this, black communities and churches can organized church groups and buses to go see Tyler Perry Films and Plays, they need to do the same for Historical movies. We are too infused to be entertained with ignorance and not education.
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Too bad the lead female

Too bad the lead female romantic lead in this movie is WHITE. Yes, WHITE!!!!
Anonymous's picture

well u heard what he

well u heard what he said...no one would touch the film...so he had to add the white chick...this is how shit goes in life...hell we had to play at Minstrel shows in order to get into showbizness
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WOW...I MUST ADMIT AS A 23

WOW...I MUST ADMIT AS A 23 YEAR OLD GRADUATE STUDENT I AM EXCITED TO GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE AND TO GET IT ON DVD SO THAT WHEN I DO DECIDE TO HAVE CHILDREN THEY CAN EXPERIENCE THIS MOVIE AS WELL. THANK YOU GEORGE LUCAS FOR PUTTING YOUR REPUTATION AND OWN MONEY ON THE LINE. I'M EXPECTING GREATNESS HERE!
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I agree with your comment. I

I agree with your comment. I too am a 22 yr old grad student and I will def be watching this film! I hope that one day in the future, I can take my children to see inspiring movies like this. And show them how Black ppl have had trials and tribulations! This looks like it will be a great movie.
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I totally agree with you. I

I totally agree with you. I have to go watch this movie, it was a very good trailer and caught my attention.
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SO READY FOR THIS

SO READY FOR THIS FILM!!!!!!!! JAN. 20TH WILL BE EPIC !!!!!!!!!!!
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THE Original TUSKEGEE AIRMEN

THE Original TUSKEGEE AIRMEN Was GREAT with MJ Warner, C Gooding, L Fishburne etc this one better rise to the occassion!
SQUEAKY CLEAN's picture

I'm excited about the movie

I'm excited about the movie but also sadden that WE are constantly reminded that people of color are not equal to those with much lighter pigmentation, speaking in regards to Mr. Lucas' comment on the disinterest in financing the film due to an all black cast. We do rise above but are knocked down by these reminders. I applaud Mr. Lucas but in all honesty, this film may not make a difference in the way the motion picture industry views our very talented black thespians. It's clear that every now and then they must give in because if they don't they will have the NAACP in some shape, form or fashion on their backs so to keep our community quite, give em a bone. I don't mean to offend anyone but I'm angry, angry at this s**t. What, we get 1 every 6 years with motion picture's close to an all black cast such as Hustle & Flow or Dream Girls as oppose to their 1 every freakin week!?!?!!! Feeling a little bittersweet ;(
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I understand your frustration

I understand your frustration but we as black people also have to put some of the blame on ourselves. For some reason black people will come full force to see a Madea movie or a movie that has a popular black singer/rapper trying to crossover into film. But when it comes to movies with some depth the turnout isn't as great. The movies you mentioned above "Hustle & Flow" & "Dream Girls" when you look at the topics of these films you can see why they were easy to market. I think what really needs to happen is having more of a variety in the films instead of just the "1st black person to do this..." type film. Are they informative, yes. But even if this was a white film I don't think it would do better than a "Bourne Identity" or "Twilight" movie. We just need more variety so black and white people will be more compelled to go watch.
CheyPie's picture

well I beg to differ....the

well I beg to differ....the way I see it is that White Folk dont want to hear our story cause they know it first hand..hell they wrote it...they want to see us in the imagine that THEY believe we are..coons...thats why only those type of movies get put out there and naturally we as black folk want to see out own kind in the movies....so basically we have no choice...
sallyone's picture

Not to say that I totally

Not to say that I totally disagree, but I think it comes down to economics. If the white producers can make money off of successful film thats what they'll try to do. So if they can do that with a film that doesn't depict blacks as coons, they will. So I disagree with that point, especially when we have actors like Denzel, Will, etc. who are not depicted as coons and Hollywood has no problem backing their films. Why? Because they bring in money. Besides, Tyler Perry is black and he produces most of the coon images out there today so let's not put this on the white folk. If we had more films with variety like the ones Denzel and Will and Samuel L. Jackson put out, I think black and white people would definitely support.
CheyPie's picture

You have to all go see this

You have to all go see this movie opening night January 20th!!! If not like the article said above black cinema is doomed! Real talk
LAUREN's picture

I support this movie and I

I support this movie and I wil probably check it out. My question is like everyone else, why keep making the same movie over and over? Their are other very interesting Black stories that could be told such as the deceased investment banker Reginald Lewis how's company amassed over $500 million in revenue. He had Rags to riches story. It could be told like a black wall street movie. Unfortunately that not the image of successful Black people Hollywood wants to show.
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This is going to be so

This is going to be so DOPE! I'm going to make my son be a Tuskeegan for Halloween
Neck's picture

It is extremely important

It is extremely important that we support this movie. I for one will be going and also taking my two teenage daughters, along with any of their friends who want to attend. We need to make sure our young people know our history and this is one way to start....
TDWilliams37's picture

After seeing Laurence

After seeing Laurence Fishburne and all the others do it, I really don't think it can get much better. Not to be critical, but the affects don't look much better. I like the idea of this movie, but it looks exactly like Tuskegee Airman to me.
Anonymous's picture

the difference is that was

the difference is that was for the small screen. This is considered a blockbuster. George Lucus has been trying to film this movie for years, and because of no support, it's been held up.
Popeater's picture

Really, that was for TV? I

Really, that was for TV? I thought I saw it on the big screen, really good cast for small screen. I may have to go out and see it then.
Anonymous's picture

Yes. Tuskegee Airmen was

Yes. Tuskegee Airmen was broadcast on HBO - not in theaters
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To all the young men and

To all the young men and women who stood in line for hours in the cold to buy the new Jordan's (that in a couple months from now you will not be wearing anymore) you can surely afford your time and money to go see this movie.
Janelle's picture

I totally agree. If you can

I totally agree. If you can stand in line overnight and damn near start a riot for some damn sneakers then you can show support and get educated and watch Red Tails!!!! Word!!!
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I totally agree. If you can

I totally agree. If you can stand in line overnight and damn near start a riot for some damn sneakers then you can show support and get educated and watch Red Tails!!!! Word!!!
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I plan to support.

I plan to support. Regardless of what some think about the actors in the movie, I will support a movie that shows African American MEN in a positive light!! Hopefully, there will be many more to come.
Popeater's picture

no thanks.

no thanks.
Concerned Bystander's picture

I am soooooooo Glad they

I am soooooooo Glad they FINALLY are making a movie about them. I will take my sons to see this movie so they can be proud of their own heritage. We need our young black males to see more movies like this so they can be proud of where they come from & know that they too can make a difference. Thank you George Lucas for even trying to give black history a chance.
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This movie is going to be

This movie is going to be epic and I can't wait to see it. It saddens me that some of our youth don't know our history. Hopefully by looking backward, the young people of today that aren't aware can see that we've always been innovators and greatness leaks from our pores. I hope this movie is supported, it's not every day that we get to see an African American cast of leading men and I am so looking forward to it. I applaud Mr. Lucas for fighting so hard to make a movie about real men; their stories needed to be told. Maybe Mr. Lucas has set the standard for future African American movie budgets; maybe now our films will be given the same treatment as their primarily Caucasian counterparts. I would never speak ill of an African American doing his/her thing but I will say that I hope Mr. Perry will now consider adding African American biopics to his ever expanding resume (since he does have his own studio), that way all of his fans can experience our glory and support an African American director and studio at the same time.
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Has anyone ever heard of Mrs.

Has anyone ever heard of Mrs. Aurelia White? She was a pilot that was married to one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Who is/are the love interest(s) in this movie? Does anyone know who's making the movie about Harriet Tubman & Henrietta Lacks & Queen Nzingha?
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