Red Tails’: Rising star David Oyelowo talks George Lucas’ decades-in-the-making Tuskegee Airmen epic

This past August, David Oyelowo appeared in two movies that opened within the same week. On the surface, not a remarkable feat. Except when you consider that the two movies in question happened to be among 2011’s biggest films: The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. They were supporting roles—Oyelowo played Preacher Green in the mammoth adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller and the shark-suited, moneygrubbing villain in the Apes prequel—but different enough to show his flexibility across genres and charismatic, multi-quadrant appeal.

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