George Lucas on ''Red Tails' controversy

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As George Lucas gears up for the Friday release of his latest film "Red Tails", he speaks openly about the adversity he faced bringing the epic tale of America's first all-black combat aviator team, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, to the big screen.

In a recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Lucas revealed that he spent $58 million of his own money to fund the project after being denied financial support by major movie studios due to the film's all-black cast. "There's no major white roles in it at all...I showed it to all of them and they said 'No. We don’t know how to market a movie like this',"said Lucas.

Earlier this month, Lucas expressed his anxieties about "Red Tails"' success and the effect that its potential failure could have on the black film community. Lucas told USA Today that if the movie is not as successful as he'd hoped, that it may be harder for African American filmmakers to "break out of that lower budget mold."

However, Lucas shows that he still has high hopes for the film that has taken him 23 years to complete. "If I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let's make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there," said the"Star Wars"director.

WGN-TV had the chance to sit down with some of the stars of "Red Tails" recently and talk about the film which opens this Friday January 20. Check out full interviews with Terrance Howard,Ne-Yo,Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tristan Wildes.

Tune in to WGN-TV or visit on Friday to see Dean's review of "Red Tails."

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