Jan 12

George Lucas worries Hollywood doesn’t support black films (Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2012):

George Lucas, the influential creator of the “Star Wars” films, has added his voice to the perennial concern that Hollywood doesn’t care about black films.

In a series of interviews in recent days Lucas has said he himself had to bankroll “Red Tails,” a movie 23 years in the making about the Tuskegee Airmen opening Jan. 20. Lucas invested $93 million of his own money for the making and distribution of the film, according to “Speakeasy,” a blog of the Wall St. Journal.

Now he’s a principal promoter, taking his case to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” Monday night.

Lucas blamed the reception to an “all-black cast” without any white headliners for the roadblocks he encountered within Hollywood. “It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all,” said Lucas. The response he got Lucas told Stewart was “we don’t know how to market a movie like this.”

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