News: Bow Wow Explains Ditching 'Red Tails' Movie Role

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 8:03AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Cash Money Records rapper Bow Wow recently revealed getting offered a movie role in the new Red Tails flick and explained why he ultimately did not get involved with the George Lucas-produced project.

According to Bow Wow, his schedule did not permit him to consider Red Tails.

In a recent radio interview rapper/actor Bow Wow talked about his upcoming projects and why he passed on George Lucas' highly buzzed historical drama "Red Tails." "I got the script for 'Red Tails' and I was actually busy... I was busy," Bow Wow told Mina SayWhat. "...You got to understand anytime you see any roles in Hollywood for young black men they ALL come to me. They ALL come to me." He also tells Mina he plans to tour most of this year and that his next film, "Recalled," is coming out in spring. (STL American)

Last month, Southern rapper-turned-actor David Banner gave a critical review of the flick.

"The gaps in the storyline and the lack of in-depth character development reflect the shear amount of material the director, writers and producers attempted to include in the film. Trying to cover the realities of war, incredible fight scenes, a love story, character nuances and the racial-political realities of the military in a two-hour movie is certainly challenging. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen themselves--their triumphs, their tragedies, their battles in combat and their battles at home--is too great a story to be condensed into a two-hour time frame. It is for this reason that Lucas himself is on record as saying that he plans to produce both a sequel (covering the experiences of the pilots after returning home) and a prequel (documenting their flight training at Tuskegee University) if Red Tails proves to be successful. In the end, the movie itself, though simplistic and at times "corny," was inspiring. The battle scenes were superb and the film certainly evoked emotion and identification with the airmen themselves. My criticisms aside, it is certainly a movie that MUST be seen, a movie that MUST be supported and a story that MUST be told." (Black Enterprise)

Upon its nationwide release, Red Tails fell just short of topping the weekend box office at No. 2.

The domestic box office enjoyed another strong weekend as Screen Gems' Underworld: Awakening and George Lucas' Red Tails topped the box office with $25.4 million and $19.1 million, respectively, driving revenues up by more than 30 percent despite wintery weather in the Midwest and East. Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, did far better than expected. Lucas spent 20 years pursuing the project, and recently revealed he couldn't get any studio to finance the film because of an all-black cast. He finally decided to put up the money himself, and spent $58 million on the production budget and another $35 in distribution costs. (Hollywood Reporter)

Prior to its release, movie critics highlighted Lucas' special effects as a strong selling point.

Even the sound of the planes whizzing by recalls the Phantom Menace's pod race. Say what you will about Lucas' tin ear, when the bearded one makes it visceral he's hard to top. Flying high above Europe, swooping and darting with an endless array of planes, the cutting style delivers a terrific sense of urgency. Better still, we're right alongside the pilots in the cockpit. As hectic as things get, we're never lost. This is how action should be done. A battle against the German's superior jet squad is the film's highlight. (E! Online)

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