George Lucas may be one of the most respected directors and producers in Hollywood, but when it comes to getting movies made, there are some obstacles even Mr. Star Wars himself can't get around.
During an appearance on "The Daily Show" last night, Lucas admitted to Jon Stewart that his latest project, "Red Tails," was a hard sell.
The film, which tells the story of a group of Tuskegee Airmen during WWII, has plenty of star power behind it, with a cast that includes Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard and Method Man,, but Lucas says many studio heads passed on the project because of the subject matter.
"I figured I could get the prints and ads paid for by the studios and they would release it, and they said, "No, we don't know how to market a movie like this," Lucas told Stewart.
"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."
Despite the initial difficulty finding backing, Lucas' passion for the project, which he began developing in the late '80s, kept him with the story, eventually choosing to produce through his own Lucasfilm studio.
"I wanted to make it inspirational for teenage boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes, that are real American heroes, patriots, that made this country what it is today."
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