Watch George Lucas pitch “Red Tails” directly to conservatives and American patriots.
Lucas describes “Red Tails” as “very patriotic,” “very jingoistic,” “old-fashioned” and “corny.”
“I showed it to all [the studios] and they said, ‘No. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.”
When Stewart asked why, Lucas first responded, “Because it’s not green enough. They only release green movies.”
The filmmaker clarified, “It’s 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 pictures ever made.” ….
Sadder still was how Hollywood balked given the message Lucas was trying to convey.
“I wanted to make it inspirational for teenaged boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes, they’re real American heroes, they’re patriots that helped to make the country what it is today. And it’s not glory where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fodder. It’s like a real, they were real heroes.”
And Hollywood said, “No.”
After pretty much ruining “Revenge of the Sith” with all that obvious Bush-bashing, anti-War On Terror messaging (while we were at war), Lucas sounds a little like a pander bear to me.
“Red Tails” also looks like a story that’s been told both literally and thematically many times before. It is a great story and a great American story, but George Lucas is a creative force behind it and with the Ewoks went his mojo.