Star Wars creator George Lucas said Hollywood studios refused to back his 2012 film “Red Tails” – about World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen – because the cast was all Black. Back in January 2012, Lucas told a rather stunned Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” that he had been working on the film for 23 years. Although bankrolling it himself, he went to the studios to create the prints and ads, and to be responsible for distribution.
“I showed it to all of them 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 then 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.”