News: Method Man & Ne-Yo Survive Acting Bootcamp, "I Was Dying Out There" [Video]

Monday, Aug 24, 2009 4:28PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man recently spoke on his acting preparation for the upcoming George Lucas-directed Red Tails film and shared his opinion on his co-star Ne-Yo's on-screen presence.

In addition to speaking on his overall experience, the M-e-t-h-o-d Man also described the importance of his character's role.

"We're crewmen," Mef explained in an interview. "Now crewmen were just as important as the fighter pilots because they basically made sure the plane stayed in tact enough for these guys to come back. It was just a crazy experience because we had to do physical training in the morning. They had dudes running 4, 5 miles. Myself, I'm going to be honest with y'all, one and a half, maybe. Maybe. I was out there dying, but the gym was good. They had us working out...Ne-Yo, he's on his job. That's a smart dude right there, he is on his god d*mn job. You can tell by the way he does his interviews, he's well spoken and all that. He's all that but he's hood too. I got a lot of respect for dude." (Hip Hollywood)

Method Man recently revealed details about his role.

"It's a movie called Red Tails produced by George Lucas, directed by Anthony Hemingway," Mef said in an interview. "We got Tristan Wilds, another Staten Island dude, we proud of my dude too. He's from 'The Wire,' he played 'Michael' on 'The Wire.' And we got Nate Parker, I think, like the new Denzel [Washington] black dude and stuff....We got Mekhi Phifer...They don't let n*ggas that smoke weed fly planes. I'm one of the mechanics. Matter fact, my character and Andre Royo...his character plays the guy in charge of all the mechanics. And yes, I do got lines. More than seven lines." (Radio Planet)

Lucas previously expressed his aim and overall anticipation for the new film.

"I've been wanting to do Red Tails for 20 years, and we've finally got the means to showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots," Lucas said in a press release. "We're working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era. And our top-notch cast will really make this story special." (MTV Movie Blog)

The film will take place around the height of World War II.

Red Tails is set in 1944 during the heat of WWII when the famed pilots stepped up to their fated entry into the war. Relegated to second-class citizens due to the U.S. government's racist policies at the time, their success under the most dangerous of circumstances earned the group legendary recognition. Hundreds of black airmen would follow them from the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama overseas before the war ended. (Press Release)

A confirmed release date for the film has not yet been announced.

Check out Method Man's interview below:

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