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The Director
As the script came together, the production needed a director who could balance a mix of multiple, memorable characters as well as the focused drama called for by the story. The acclaimed work of Anthony Hemingway on television series such as Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and The Wire drew the producers' attention.

"I got a call from my agent and he said that George Lucas and Rick McCallum wanted to meet me," Hemingway remembers. "I was like, ‘Yeah, right. Why me?' He told me that they were doing a film about the Tuskegee Airmen and I was immediately engaged in the conversation."

The thrill of the opportunity to helm his first feature film soon expanded into the humbling realization that he'd been tasked to tell the story of Tuskegee Airmen. "I feel like I'm following in their footsteps as a young black filmmaker," says Hemingway. "I feel a sense of responsibility to make the right moves and work towards becoming what I hope will be an example to anyone, especially young black kids in the world."

The actors had high praise for Hemingway's approach to directing. "He came and spoke to me every take," describes Terrence Howard, who plays Colonel A.J, Bullard in Red Tails. "He manicured what I was doing, because I needed him. That's the whole point of having a great director. I wanted to find the character inside of me that I couldn't see, and so Anthony was really the architect of my character. I think he's done very well with it, because not one time have I left the set and felt that there was something I forgot to do."

David Oyelowo (who plays Joe ‘Lightning' Little), was taken in by Hemingway's ability to balance technical proficiency and attention to detail. "He has a very good bird's-eye-view of everything that's going on, and because of that he's secure enough in his ability that he can allow others to bring things to the table."

Elijah Kelley (Samuel ‘Joker' George) appreciated Hemingway's trust in the actors. "He allowed us to go beyond the words on the page. As long as we had the foundation, if we felt something would help the scene he allowed us to do it."

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