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tv   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart  Comedy Central  January 10, 2012 1:10am-1:30am PST

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welcome back, everybody. now, as we saw earlier, there is a good deal of in-fighting now between republican candidates for president. getting a little ugly but there is still one area where they're of a single mind. >> we don't put people in classes. >> the class warfare argument is a barack obama is something that should not be part of the republican lexicon. >> he continually wants to practice class warfare and
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punish success. >> class warfare to attack attack the people who create jobs. >> that's their job, divide, separate, put one group against another. >> jon: republicans unite people. not like those unamerican liberal democrats. there is no place for the politics of class resentment. i see we have a literacy crowd here tonight. there is no place for the politics of resentment in the republican party. you know what else has no place in the republican party? rich guys like mitt romney. >> i don't think a liberal massachusetts governor is going to come and be able to go and relate to folks as well as a guy who grew up as a grandson of a coal miner. >> i'll bet you $10,000, holy mackeral. i mean that's just a lot of money for most people. i guess not for mitt. >> i certainly don't have the kind of money he has. >> governor romney would like to give back all the money he's earned from bankrupting
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companies and laying off employees over his years, that i would then be glad to listen to him. >> jon: hmmm. you believe mitt romney should give back what you feel are ill gotten gains and perhaps redistribute them. welcome, comrade. borst is on the table. did i pronounce that right? wait. what is the problem with having unfettered wealth? >> i was just struck by the politico analysis of the sheer volume of anti-gingrich ads run by romney's pac. >> if his pac says things are false that's how washington plays the game isn't that exactly what is sick about this country right now? isn't that what the american people are tired of? >> jon: oh, it's not fair. he's using unlimited money to buy influence, rigging the system in some way. interesting.
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i can't imagine how frustrated and helpless newt gingrich must feel. hey, how do guys like mitt romney come to be anyway? >> believing in the bottom up, believing in free people and free markets. >> pull back the regulation that are strangling the american entrepreneurship. >> we have to lower tax rates considerably on job creator. >> get government out of the way. >> lower taxes, less regulation. and the people who create jobs. >> jon: your platform. unmitigated corporate money in politics. handsomeness, distinguished gray temples. >> i started my own business. i've learned from that. i learned the lessons of a free economy over 25 years. corporations are people, my friend. >> jon: you're mad at mitt romney? for god's sakes it's like mitt romney answer the republicans' e-harmony ad and now you're saying it's unfair. it's not what you meant. you don't mean it that much.
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mitt romney is the pure disstillation of conservative economic policies. now that you have to go up against him now it's unfair. republicans, you can't say release the kracken and then when it turns on you, be like this is a very scary kracken. i didn't realize the ferociousness. do we have a crack in the pocket, a crack... perhaps the crack-ettes because, you know, if you don't my friends and i will have to take to the streets to protest. we are the 99%. of the 1%. we'll be right back.
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( cheers and applause ) >> jon: welcome back. oh, my guest tonight, the director of some of the biggest films in history. he serves as executive producer for red tail.
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>> i'm behind you. >> make way. >> congratulations, captain, you are the first negro to do that. >> jon: trust the force. please welcome back to the program, george lucas. ( cheers and applause ) >> jon: how are you? >> i'm good. >> jon: the look of this. the film is really exciting.
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how do you capture, it's got the look and a feel of the film from the '40s. >> it was designed to be a film during the war. it's very patriotic. very old fashioned, corney. it's just exactly like flying leather necks only this one was held up for release from 1942 when it was shot and i've been trying to get it released ever since. >> jon: you haven't been able to get it made. maybe when you get some sway in hollywood you'll be able to get a chance to do that. >> that's what people say. >> jon: how long have you been working on this. >> 23 years. financed it myself. i figured if i could get the ads paid for by the studios and they would release it. i showed it to all of them and they said no. we don't know how to market a movie like this. >> jon: why? >> it's not green enough. they only release green movies. >> jon: the message because the message is patriotic and jingoistic and doesn't have
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any recycling in it, that's the problem? >> it's because it's an all black movie. there's no major white roles in it at all. it's one of the first all black action pictures ever made. >> jon: is that true? >> yeah. ( applause ) >> jon: but the scene in it when hitler tells cuba gooding jr. that he's his father.... >> no, no, no. >> jon: were you tempted at all to put that in? hitler walks up and like i am your father? >> no, no, no. cuba gooding jr. goes out and he goes back home and it's, you know, james earl jones playing his father. don't talk to me like that. >> jon: i am your father. in this day and age, that's a difficult... is it because of the pedigree of it? they didn't want to take a chance on it? >> yeah. reasonably expensive movie.
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normally black movies, you know, they're very low budget. they won't even... even these movies it goes to one of the lower not major distributors. they do well but they do a certain amount of money. they know what that is. this costs more than what those movies make. so they figure, well. and they don't believe there's any foreign market for it. that's 60% of their profit. >> jon: it is difficult to hear you discuss this movie in the pure economic and political realities of it getting made. why didn't you get a distributor? they judge the foreign box office on it rather than like they thought it sucked. you wish they would express a cultural or a critique in terms of how they would decide upon this and not based on pure business model. >> it was presented as, which is the reason i did it completely, i wanted to make an inspirational for teen-aged boys. i wanted to show that they
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have heroes. they're real american heroes. they're patriots and helped us make country what it is today. it's not gorey where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fodder. they were real heroes. bomber pilot. >> jon: you asked some of the airmen to work with you on this. unfortunately over time obviously as they get much older.... >> we started out with 40. we're down to about 7. you know, that's the pressure on me to get this done before we're all gone. i was working very hard, getting scripts. the problem was is it's exactly like star wars which is.... >> jon: what? >> it's exactly like star wars. i wrote the first script. i tried to get it to work. it was way too big. the story is too fantastic and wonderful to cram into two hours. >> jon: are you telling me there's going to be six of these bad boys? >> i am hoping if this works, if we get a good first weekend there is a prequel and a sequel. >> jon: is that true?
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>> and they're better than this movie by a long shot. ( applause ) >> jon: (laughing). oh, that is funny. >> i took the soft center. i said i'll give you the really good ones if we can get this one to get made. >> jon: do you always think in terms of opuss? >> no. that's why i took so long. i'm going to squeeze this down and make this work. every time we do a script, well, we have to do a little bit about the training and tuskegee and all the problems and the racism. then when they came back after the war they basically, you know, boycotted an officers' club and started the civil rights movement. >> jon: that is one of the most difficult things to swallow about world war ii is the soldiers and the americans' military history in general, the black soldiers fighting heroically overseas and then coming home to second class treatment, to not being able to eat in certain places.
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that is seemingly one of the more offensive moments. >> well, this is not a movie about victims. this is a movie about heroes. so we have it buried deep in our head to say, look, these guys are heroes. >> jon: how did they feel watching it? what was the response of the guys? i imagine that is the audience that is most difficult for you to please and the one that means the most to you. >> i was worried. i was really worried because they were there. they did it. don't forget to include this and that. i said, i'm taking a very narrow swath. i'm just talking about a bunch of guys, kids, 19, 20 years old, flying the fastest prop plane ever built and going up against the new-fangled jets. it's a combat movie. you know, it's very honestly done. this is as close as you'll ever get to episode 7.
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( applause ) >> jon: what was their response? you can't leave me hanging like this. did they come up to you with tears in your eyes and say, you captured my life. i love you. or did they.... >> they were tears in the eyes. they're overwhelmed because they've been waiting so long to be recognized. most people don't know who they are. they are really true heroes. i worked with all these guys. they're great great guys. just to be recognized. the tuskegee airmen, i know who they are. we have had bomber pilots see the film and stuff and they would tear up. those guys saved my life. they followed us all the way back to the base. they're the true heroes of world war ii. >> jon: i look forward to the conventions 20 years down the line where they all come. >> (laughing). >> jon: in the theaters on january 20. george lucas, everybody. ( cheers and applause )
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