Ne-Yo and the “Red Tails” cast talk “Star Wars” love, George Lucas and old-school lightsabers


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Red Tails” hits theaters Friday, bringing George Lucas’ long-awaited film about the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen in dramatic fashion.

During interviews for “Red Tails,” IFC polled the cast of the film about a long list of subjects — everything from working with Lucas to their favorite war movies — but during one particular segment with young actors Elijah Kelly, Tristan Wilds, and Ne-Yo, one particular, off-topic question got them all grinning. After mentioning their love for “Star Wars” earlier in the conversation, I had to ask: Were they ever tempted to confess their “Star Wars” fandom to Lucas during production?

And like any fans trying to keep their cool, their answers started off simple enough, but took a right turn into fanboy territory in short order.

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“You don’t walk up to George Lucas and gush about ‘Star Wars’ to that guy,” said Ne-Yo. “You don’t do that.”

Elaborating, the musician-turned-actor hinted that it was a bit of a struggle to contain himself around the creator of “Star Wars.” But still, he kept his composure.

“As much as you want to walk up to him and go, ‘Do you have the lightsabers?’ You want to do that, but you maintain,” he laughed, imitating what he actually said to Lucas about the beloved franchise when he had the chance: “‘Star Wars’… [That’s a] good movie.”

Nevertheless, Wilds was happy to call one of his “Star Wars”-related experiences with Lucas and his son “one of the best moments of my entire life.”

“Me and his son are pretty cool, so his son took me to the warehouse where they have every single outfit and every old-school lightsaber,” he said.

“I wanted to run through it and touch the fabric of everything,” he laughed.

“I may have urinated on myself, had that been me,” laughed Ne-Yo. “It may have happened.”

So, while there’s certainly something to be said for the experience of flying a P-51 fighter plane, it’s pretty clear that the cast of “Red Tails” — at least two of the actors, anyways — clearly have their hopes pinned on a ride in the Millenium Falcon someday.

Look for more of IFC’s “Red Tails” coverage this week, including more from our interviews with the cast of the film.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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