Elijah Kelley talks ‘Red Tails’

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    Elijah Kelley is pumped to relive the excitement of his days shooting Red Tails.

    While no sequel to the George Lucas blockbuster about the Tuskegee Airmen has been announced, Red Tails has just been released on DVD. 

    "I’m very excited. I’m happy that people can stop watching their bootlegs and get the real thing," Elijah joked with S2S.

    The actor, who you may also reconize from the 2007 remake of Hairspray, stars in Red Tails as Samuel "Joker" George. To prep for the role he spoke to a nunber of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen, who were also on set for filming. "They were on set the majority of the time," Elijah said.

    Havin a reference point like that helped the cast stay true to the story, but part of the experience for Elijah were the incredibles bonds he formed with the other actors and the airmen.

    "I think that the brotherhood was captured on film," Elijah said. "It was unbelievable the way it streamlined from film to real life. And I think you can get an understanding of the personalities."

    As amazing as it was to work with George Lucas ("He’s my guy, as they say in New York," the actor said.), Elijah shared that the airmen’s presence on set was his favorite part of shooting the movie. It was incredible to him that he could look behind the camera and see the people he was trying to portray.

    "When we do something on set, they come over and give us a nudge on the chin or a pat on the back," Elijah said. "I think those are the most prized and precious memories that I have because you’re never going to be able to recreate those. You’re never going to be able to recreate that history."

    After workin on a film like Red Tails, Elijah feels like he’s gotten to play a superhero. "I always say the only thing that separates them from being an Avenger is they’re more talented," he said. "They literally went and saved the world."

    To see what Elijah’s talking about for yourself, pick up a copy of Red Tails, in stores now!

     

     

    —Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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