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Interview: Red Tails' Tristan Wilds

90210 keeps Tristan Wilds pretty busy, but there’s no way the actor would pass up a chance to appear on the big screen as one of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen.

Wilds plays Red Tails‘ Ray ‘Ray Gun’ Gannon, one of the first African American aviators in the US Army during World War II. Along with his co-Airmen, specifically Easy (Nate Parker), Lightning (David Oyelowo) and Joker (Elijah Kelley), Ray is stuck shooting ground targets like trains and trucks while the white pilots are honored with the mission of defending US bombers from the Germans. However, when the guys finally get their chance to fly and fight for their country, they go above and beyond the call of duty proving they’re capable of everything the other fighter pilots can do and more.

And that’s exactly what Wilds wanted to do with his role, go above and beyond so to keep the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy alive. It took an immense amount of research, a rigorous boot camp and then, of course, the actual shoot, but the time has finally come and the Airmen are back in Red Tails. Check out everything Wilds had to say about working on the film as well as his other projects including his brand new EP in the video interview below.

By Perri Nemiroff

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Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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