Hollywood actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has had quite the up and down career with an Oscar win under his belt for his performance in Jerry Maguire but also a lot of criticism for such films as Daddy Day Camp. However, Cuba stays positive, keeps a smile on his face and moves on and he jumped at the chance to work on the movie Red Tails.
Gooding Jr. explained, "Whenever there's a story of African-American contribution, specifically in the war efforts, I jump all over it. To me, it's a healing film for a nation. I don't care if you're black, white, whatever, you feel proud to know that our country has created such warriors. "I look at this movie as my love letter to the men and women in our armed services. No matter how screwed up the politics are and war is in general, what they are doing is selfless and heroic and should be celebrated because they provide the freedoms we enjoy."
He added, "At the time, the army was segregated, so they had an all-black airbase, which meant that the chefs were black, the doctors were black, the mechanics were black. It was a community of black people back in a time that was so close to slavery and they were doing everything for themselves. It blew me away. I also learned that in every major war effort in American history, there have always been black participants. From the Indian Wars, Civil War, WWI, WWII. I didn't know that." You can see Cuba Gooding Jr. starring in Red Tails when it is released on January 20, 2012.