George Lucas on Red Tails Impact; Viola Davis Added to New Film

Director says movie helped Blacks in Hollywood, Oscar nominated actress joins The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Posted: 07/17/2012 09:00 AM EDT
Red Tails

It took 20 years for him to make, he spent $58 million dollars of his own money to complete it and it grossed $50 million dollars at the box office.  In the end, George Lucas says his Tuskegee Airmen drama Red Tails shook up how Hollywood views films created by and starring African-American actors.


“We didn’t get to a point when they said, ‘Oh, let’s just do Black movies,” Lucas told the New York Post. “But every time you poke ‘em, it makes an effect.” The Star Wars director says the film had the biggest impact on moviegoing audiences. “It had an affect on a lot of kids and adults. Now it’s the one thing that everyone comes up to me and says ‘thank you’ for — I’m proud of that.”


Viola Davis
should take pride in her latest film role. The Oscar-nominated actress has just been added to the cast of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, one of the most highly anticipated and unique productions of the year. The two-film premise within a movie looks at a troubled marriage from both the husband's and the wife’s perspectives. Davis portrays a supporting role. There’s no word yet on the specific character she plays.


The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
is currently shooting in New York.


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(Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Films)

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