Saturday, January 21, 2012
Despite of the $58 million “Red Tails” hard sell with an all-black cast
George Lucas spent $58 million of his own money to produce “Red Tails,” an action movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-African American aerial combat unit that paved the way for the integration of the
armed services. It was a risky venture by U.S. Hollywood standards, and one that director Anthony Hemingway said carried enormous responsibility.
“Red Tails” certainly isn’t the first film about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, but according to Roscoe Brown, a former squadron commander in the 332nd Fighter Group, it’s the first to move beyond the well-told story of racism that led to the group’s formation, and focus instead on the combat mission