'Miracle at St. Anna' Writer, Cast Share War Stories : News & Views The cast of Miracle at St. Anna share their war stories about battling Nazi's and working with Spike Lee.
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'Miracle at St. Anna' Writer, Cast Share War Stories

Spike Lee's latest movie, Miracle at St. Anna, is about the sometimes forgotten contribution of African-American soldiers during World War II. It's based on James McBride's novel of the same name.

While battling racism from the U.S. military and attacks from the Nazis, one of the soldiers in the all-black Buffalo Soldiers Division risks his life to save a young Italian boy.

Farai Chideya sits down with three stars of the film — Derek Luke, Laz Alonso and Omar Benson Miller — as well as writer James McBride.

In part one of the extended video interview, each actor opens up about the personal journey they took with their characters, and what they brought away from that experience. They also don't hold back while dishing about what it's like working with master auteur Spike Lee (who will be on Monday's show).

In part two of the interview, Farai asks how ethnicity and race play a significant role in Miracle at St. Anna. We also learn that Derek Luke wants to blow things up as an action star and Omar Benson Miller's life has come full circle, thanks to NPR.

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Related Link: Official Miracle at St. Anna Website