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Now I want to see this movie just for this interview on The Daily Show.

George Lucas, a person who you would think would have lots of pull in movie studios, had to help bank this movie because the studios saw no money in it because all the major roles were filled by black men. He claims that it’s one of the first action movies done with an all black cast. He could be right. Blade comes close for example but had Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Whistler.

It looks like a fun movie and I want to see it, but now I’m also going to go to show that Lucas was right in making it.

  1. January 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I’m so conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I want to see it solely to support any major motion picture with an all-black cast (and to promote the story of the Tuskegee Airmen), but I worry about Lucas’s involvement. His presence was a killing blow to the Star Wars prequels and the fourth Indiana Jones film.

    On the other hand, the cast has some fantastic actors from The Wire (Andre Royo, Michael B. Jordan and Tristan Wilds), as well as Bryan Cranston in a small role (yes he’s white, so it’s TECHNICALLY not an all-black cast, but maaaaaaaan is he a great actor).

    Also the director previously worked on some really terrific TV shows- Oz, The Corner, and The Wire.

    I’m just not sure if that’s enough to overcome Lucas’s involvement. Only time (and actually seeing the movie) will tell.

    Thanks for the post!


  2. January 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Yes, but at least this is based on a true story where Star Wars and Jones was pure fiction. Hopefully that will keep him grounded (had to say that).

    Still, he did a good job writing American Graffiti and the first Star Wars, so it’s not like everything he has done is bad.

  3. January 13, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Yeah, that’s a good point about American Graffiti and the original Star Wars. I think his newer stuff just leaves a sour taste in my mouth that’s hard to wash out.

    I also worry just a little that this movie will be endless CGI and the action stuff that’s supposed to have weight will seem cartoony.

    I’ll end up seeing the film no matter what, though. So there is that.

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