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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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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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