NYCC 2011: Red Tails Panel

Fighter Pilots. Aerial Combats. Tuskegee Airmen. LucasFilm.

Day 3 – Red Tails Panel (…Read previous post about the movie…)

Official Red Tails Poster

Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr, a New York City resident, and a documented original Tuskegee Airman. Captain Brown is a former squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II and was one of fifteen pilots who shot down the advanced German Me-262 jet fighter.

Left to Right: Miles Perkins (ILM Marketing Director), Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., Aaron McGruder (co-screenwriter of Red Tails, creator of Boondocks), Michael B. Jordan (actor in Red Tails), Leslie Odom Jr. (actor in Red Tails)

Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and Aaron McGruder talk about the making of Red Tails and how he (Captain Brown) shot down an enemy Nazi aircraft above Berlin.

Quotes from the Panel:

“George Lucas didn’t want to make a movie about victims, but of heroes…”
– Miles Perkins, ILM Marketing Director

On focusing on fun:

“How do we step back from this and really make it like…
Seven Samurai, a movie about classic action heroes…”
– Aaron McGruder, co-screenwriter Red Tails

On the actors going through bootcamp:

“The actors were sissies, unlike us”
– Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. ( half-jokingly)


Check out the Official Site – Releases Jan 20, 2012, Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Joe Kubert’s Comic “Red Tails” Poster

Official Trailer

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