George Lucas Says All-Black Cast of “Red Tails” Scared Hollywood Away

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January 11, 2012 ‐ By

"Jon Stewart and George Lucas"

If you hadn’t already come to the conclusion that Hollywood has had its good share of discriminatory moments, George Lucas might have just laid it out there for everyone in black and white. Actually, make that black and green–as in money.

Lucas is both the movie’s executive producer and writer, and while sitting down with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, he kept it real about the issues he encountered trying to get funding for Red Tails. The budget at one time reached around $58 million, way over the usual or average for”typical all-black productions.” Hollywood execs weren’t having that, claiming the film wouldn’t have a foreign appeal to take overseas. Among other things missing (some white folks).

This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since (he’s joking of course)I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this. . . because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action movies ever made.

But still, Lucas claims he foot the bill himself for the budget, because that’s how important getting the film out there was to him. Lucas also pointed out that he wanted to make the film for teenage boys (young, black teenage boys in particular), to show them real heroes and real role models (outside of the Jay-Zs and Michael Jordans as he said). However, while talking to the folks over at USA Today, he said the pressure of having it do well at the box office has him worried about what impact Red Tail‘s success could have on the success of future films with all black casts.

“I realize that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk,” Lucas 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.”

Hmmm…I don’t know about Tyler, but I get what he’s trying to say.  What’s important to take from his comments is that it’s very, VERY important that we step out and support this film. If not, who knows the next time we’ll be able to get our people in a big budget film that can get widely released to everyone? If we don’t help out, then we definitely can’t complain if we get stuck with Madea, and Madea only. So you know what to do on Jan. 20 when Red Tails drops–go see it!

 

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  • Berry Donavon

    Please read and support this venture.

  • Mushainoshaino

    I won’t be watching the movie. There are NO black women in the film even though all those men were married to black women irl and there was a black female pilot.

  • Guest

    Roger that.

  • Ursula_phoenix

    George Lucas is right, all black cast films have to break out of low budget mode! I’m going to go and pay to see his film a few times and I’m going to take young family members.

    • XYZEBRA

      Black films don’t have to break out of the low budget model to be successful or to put more blacks on the screen. Tyler Perry’s movies follow the low budget model and Tyler made more money last year than George Lucas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

    I will definitely support and I agree whole-heartedly with George Lucas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

    I will definitely support and I agree whole-heartedly with George Lucas.

  • NSimonefan

    I’ll definitely see this movie!  I don’t agree with George’s comments about the Tyler Perry films, because I think his work is good, both films and plays.  However, I would say to George to reflect on other White directors who had successful films with all-Black casts:
    1) Otto Preminger — Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess
    2) Steven Spielberg — The Color Purple
    Kudos to you, George.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085266535 Courtney Small

      i think he meant an all-black action film. more often than not, when it’s an all black movie the roles are sometimes stereotypical. 

  • NSimonefan

    I’ll definitely see this movie!  I don’t agree with George’s comments about the Tyler Perry films, because I think his work is good, both films and plays.  However, I would say to George to reflect on other White directors who had successful films with all-Black casts:
    1) Otto Preminger — Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess
    2) Steven Spielberg — The Color Purple
    Kudos to you, George.

  • MixedUpInVegas

    I’m not one to go to the movies, but I’d go out to buy a couple of tickets to support this movie.  George Lucas is a great moviemaker and this is a special event.

  • MixedUpInVegas

    I’m not one to go to the movies, but I’d go out to buy a couple of tickets to support this movie.  George Lucas is a great moviemaker and this is a special event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shay.Zeigler Duvonshay Zeigler

    It is important that we support positive films with black casts. I will be going to see this on it’s opening weekend but not just to support it, but because it looks really good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085266535 Courtney Small

    go George, i will def be watching this movie. 

  • Caribbean in the house

    what do the white people expect, of course they are afro-american negro’s who are stereo type as ususal. don’t they know jim crow is in hollywood. afro-american negro’s are an embarrassment to society.

    • Ursula_phoenix

      That’s a lie African Americans are not an embarrassment to society.

  • Bronwyn

    The only time I ever saw my Vietnam Vet , battle hardened father get giddy like a teeny bopper was the first time he met a Tuskegee Airman!  Our family is looking forward to the movie!

  • F3ral Anarchy

    AND the man has a black wife.  GO GEORGE!

    • Caribbean in the house

      probably he’s raping here like the clu clux clan did back then

      • Caribbean in the house

        I MEAN…..probably he’s raping her like the clu clux clan did back then

      • Dlberry2001

        The underground railroad would not have been successful without the participation of certain caucasian that new it was wrong. We have to learn to give credit where credit is due, regardless of akin color. We need to judge according to the content of character.

        • Caribbean in the house

          listen man, i don’t have time for this i’m about to cry just because you put in some good word to say. i want war & i intend on getting it so if you be so kindly not to respond to me on something good to say, don’t say it at all. go seek god & he will put you in his bossom & don’t worry about people’s war. you were put on this earth to do your biddin & you will leave by yourself man. but for me i’m after sellout uncle toms & house n!ggaz only. i want to war with them so may god be with you.

    • Ondvdnow

      Are they married?  I saw her, Mellody Hobson, at the airport.  She is short and petitie, and gorgeous.  He must be extremely short because he is only a snid bit taller than her.

      • Kelly

        They are not married – even though she is in her 40′s I saw her at Barneys’s i  LA. She is short, every old looking ( she looks 50′s ) and looks like Michelle Obama. But even Michelle is prettier and that says alot.

        • F3ral Anarchy

          ah ok i thought they were married.  theyve been together for a long time

      • Kelly

        They are not married – even though she is in her 40′s I saw her at Barneys’s i  LA. She is short, every old looking ( she looks 50′s ) and looks like Michelle Obama. But even Michelle is prettier and that says alot.