Terrence Howard honors Tuskegee Airmen
Actor stars in new movie 'Red Tails'
- Duration 5:26
- Date Jan 14, 2012
Actor stars in new movie 'Red Tails'
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Lot of pleasure this is folks -- Tuskegee airmen were pioneering African American aviators who had to fight Germans overseas.
And racism here at home.
These unsung heroes are finally getting the big screen treatment they deserve an action packed film.
Red tails as colonel AJ Pollard alerted.
-- -- and stands up and -- young men who ultimately become the first all black slog of American fighter pilots.
Now we've done every low down dirty job you've handed us.
Hoping that we would just limp along and go away.
We will not go away.
We have a right to fight for our country the same as every other American.
So you shut us down.
Would you let -- plot.
We're joined now by Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard Terry it's great to see -- this morning welcome.
Incredible movie or presents her -- -- you're part of a rare film where we all agree it's a movie we wanna go see that rarely happen yet obviously I hit it guys that gives a sports guy and and I like Uga gave -- -- -- -- guys.
Always like quarter two Q does it matter a lot.
What is it like to be involved in this project in what does it mean -- Personally I mean I think that the project should should have been -- the American red -- Because often times you know people see it -- -- hear them direct other thing about the black pilots.
But I mean these are American pilots had to be able to feel that page of history that's been torn out -- that has been skipped.
It's amazing feeling I mean right now.
-- amount of awareness for this film is so huge I mean and all the things I've ever been apart nothing has felt this important in this fashion -- -- -- easy for the Tuskegee -- it wasn't easy for George Lucas to get this thing made because.
Apparently no one wanted to put a hundred million dollars of his own money into this now though I know Nick Saban showed it to his team before the national title game.
The president screened it last night at the White House so.
How does that feel that is doing now this kind of reception.
But I like I said before I'm out of the fifty so films I've done in my life.
Nothing is a game this amount of attention.
And then I said before I'm George H bush a couple of days ago and we watched it together with Barbara -- crying at the end of itself.
I mean it's it literally feels so much bigger than what we expected it to be especially -- George being involved.
We thought it would just be a little nice film but I mean it is exploded on to the world say that is so special how did you get the part.
I bumped into George at an awards ceremony in 2006 George Lucas George Lucas yeah that was to Lucas.
And he told me about he was doing this project and -- wait six months and a hear anything from them.
That -- -- major 2007.
The end of 2008 it was 2009.
That it actually came in to -- -- today.
How important is it you know of for students of history who might not even be aware of the Tuskegee -- young kids watching this morning growing up.
How important is the Tuskegee airmen to the history of this country into world war two and our victory there.
Well one of things should be to keep in mind it was -- a -- or really the person I was basically depicting was Benjamin Al Davis he.
The moved towards desegregation.
Of the military.
Which led to the desegregation of the south which led to the desegregation.
Most of the businesses so we wouldn't have the equality that we have today without their accomplishments.
But the -- tells.
They were responsible for actually clearing that.
The beaches of Normandy so that troops to get on.
You know indeed.
On a foggy morning when no one could see the ground and that's a remarkable thing about.
But the bombers and -- one of the good things about the Tuskegee airmen as they had about to -- two years of practice before they would.
Actually get into the -- into the fight most of the white -- it's only had three months.
And then they would be shipped out but because no one wanted them so by the time they became.
They got into the fight they were aces and they were so discipline and they would never leave the side of the bombers.
Which made the difference in the war and gave them gave the allies -- an opportunity to.
To be be confident about what they were about to accomplish.
From watching what -- -- reading was there a special bond within that now obviously -- you know you know he's always bonded but within this group there seems.
A different type of camaraderie well.
With with regard to the -- hotels they themselves knowing that they were fighting against two wars the war of racism and the war.
Against the fascism.
Ultimately then having to stand together and needing each other for the encouragement.
These are kids he's -- 1920.
Year old kids.
That's accomplishing so much more they never.
Get -- into the military to become pilots they went to school in order to become.
Doctors and lawyers but you have to have been go go on to college in order to be brought.
Into the Tuskegee program and then -- turned out to be incredible pilots.
Well the -- is read tells Terrence Howard thanks so much for telling us all about it we can't wait to see at a thanks for coming in with congratulations and opens Friday.
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