Cuba Gooding Jr.'s role as a Tuskegee Airman
'Red Tails' actor on 'Huckabee'
- Duration 7:33
- Date Jan 29, 2012
'Red Tails' actor on 'Huckabee'
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But a group of black pilots known as the Tuskegee -- battle through segregation and were assigned to escort bombers on their missions in Europe.
Their story is the inspiration for the brand new movie in theaters it's called red tails.
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Please welcome one of the stars of the film red tails Oscar winning actor -- would Gooding junior.
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In a movie about a subject GRE Don 1995 he did the HBO special Tuskegee -- a great movie I think that this red -- movies something George Lucas worked on 23 years.
Real -- about doing.
Well -- Two words -- -- George Lucas -- the first time we did it was a trio thing like say in the production was basically focused on the racism that they dealt with -- Tuskegee Alabama.
But this was done by the maestro that is George Lucas saw -- -- that the kids would feel like they're nifty 51 mustangs flying in the plains and and you would be an event picture -- like.
By the way you know I thought James Earl -- out -- I read a quote that he made about this film now.
He said that red tails it's like Star Wars for black kids that's -- -- down to the -- but I'm.
Good a lot of data that was it it it puts a person in the cockpit and make absentee alike that they are a part of this remarkable story absolutely of the Tuskegee airmen.
That's exactly right you know we we shot and Prague in the Czech Republic in an abandoned Russian air base.
So the hole for like two mile space you are you saw is like you know vintage 1943.
Military airbase -- -- -- Is what we -- created and that.
And they put these kids to training eight days of hard intends.
Training in and sleep in in the snow and then finally put him in the plains and when you when you have a professional pilot take you up as an actor he's got to show you his skills so a lot of so enough -- them play.
Are you admitting that there was a little bit about chuck and going off and -- yes.
You know mostly what I wanna admit that you you realize you have no future in politics if you're -- honest.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I got sick a couple of you have played a lot of roles in which -- -- real people I'd -- I'll be honest with you my favorite film that I think you've done up until now.
Was men of -- -- phenomenal story Karl overseers who put up with so much did it to make.
Really a way for other African Americans in a feel that had never been open to them before and the Tuskegee -- so much.
The story that's -- is it harder to play a role when the story is true.
Whether -- not the -- and harder it's more.
-- do more focused you have to find choose in the reality of the character you're playing -- In those -- -- is that they were on the set and messaging -- share was on the set men of honor and not real.
Surviving airmen who are in the ninety's they were there all yeah it's like.
Getting sit up straight -- -- of that stuff by that.
But it makes you stay focused on the truth -- because that's what we do is act is trying to find the truth of the moment and.
Did you ever look over those guys.
Almost with emotion and and think -- not been for these guys as -- day and what they did right and what they put up with that's exactly -- -- -- growing up in the deep -- I saw first -- what people put up with.
I look back -- and I marvel.
That that was the courage.
And the determination the perseverance of people.
Who went through a level of racism that housing most people can even comprehend that's nice and they stood their ground and they persevered.
And as a result today we -- not a perfect world by any stretch -- -- but a better world that's right.
I I don't know I mean I don't know your career wouldn't be it this successful and also people like that.
No they say they say we would rather die in the skies over Berlin fighting for our country then become.
They come back and face the racism that still evident -- and it's true I mean you see these men.
The things that they did they essentially kicked off the civil rights movement with the in other protests at the time it was a segregated military so.
They weren't allowed a lot of the you know a lot of the advantages afforded the offices in the you know -- war.
By definition officers and they couldn't go on an officer's club.
There's like it is just a thing where they had German prisoners of war flew to they flew them over -- I guess over population.
And in the south -- -- had him on this base.
Where there were Tuskegee airmen.
And the prisoners of war -- -- more happy he's on their the pals and then go anywhere in the base and go in the offices quadrant and yet the black -- couldn't.
That's it got here we are fighting the -- and enemies invited what we're not so they protested and some of them got them.
Dishonorably discharged and there was a court trial.
And there's a documentary did George Lucas put together called double victory.
And -- it you see one of the -- Go fifty some odd years and finally gets recognized and you know -- because he was dishonorably discharged he couldn't vote for fifty -- and I was going to.
But when they reinstated him he got the vindication enough you know that he had done the right thing back in the days.
When you looked at this film after it was completed and you saw the screening -- it was there one part.
Of the film are may -- an impact of the film that you've stood as a as an artist and said I'm proud as part of that what was it about this film that just.
Gave you a sense of accomplishment.
Now when I first read the script in 1995 that -- Tuskegee -- for HBO I was place for 25 so finish my education.
And knew nothing about the test Yemen and I was frustrated and angry.
I think now after seeing red tails and these two films and everything they encompass and explain that than the magnificent seller of the Tuskegee -- My sons who are 1517 -- -- and they won't have that same scenario happened -- them.
So I think it's the education of who these these American heroes -- -- what makes me proud -- part of.
You know every American whether black -- -- ought to look back with a great sense of gratitude that's right.
To the people -- the to skate the Tuskegee airmen and all those who put up with so much.
To make our country.
What a great plan.
But also how far we've come from low income.
That's right you've done a great job in telling that story what an honor to have you here thank you thank you gotta thank you.