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George Lucas Rolls Back On His “White Slaver,” ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ & Disney Comments

George Lucas Rolls Back On His “White Slaver,” ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ & Disney Comments

George Lucas clearly has the right idea about an ex — cut off contact, move forward with life, and don’t look back. But the subtext of his comments are something he hasn’t really said explicitly: break-ups are painful. It’s clear that Lucas still feels very conflicted about selling Lucasfilm to Disney, saying goodbye to “Star Wars,” and the fact that Disney, Kathleen Kennedy, and J.J. Abrams chose not to use his treatments for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired last week, Lucas said of the ‘Star Wars’ sale to Disney, “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…” he laughed before continuing with the unfortunate metaphor. The filmmaker also delivered a little bit of shade by calling ‘The Force Awakens’ a throwback film that leaned too hard on the past (not an uncommon criticism).

"They wanted to do a retro movie,” Lucas said. “They said, ‘We want to make something for the fans’….They decided they didn’t want to use [my] stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. I don’t like that [retro idea]. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.”

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So yeah, maybe a little bit of regret and sour feelings about selling Lucasfilm and handing over the reins of ‘Star Wars.’ But barely 24 hours after the the media noticed the interview, Lucas apologized for his “very inappropriate analogy.”

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“I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership,” Lucas said in his statement, issued Thursday afternoon by Disney. “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has crossed the $1 billion mark in less than two weeks and Lucas’ statement also made mention of their all-consuming success. “Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”

Why did Lucas make the original comment then? Perhaps being a little unguarded in the interview, his true feelings leaked out, but the filmmaker didn’t try to explain why he said what he said, wisely just sticking with a full apology and total backpedal on his remarks.

Here’s the full statement:

“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.

"I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”

Here’s the interview if you missed it the first time.

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Comments

missy8

He is right. He is the artist who gave us Star Wars, this new episode is just an imitation

vic 74

Watch ard arris does star wars 7 on you tube. I think he kinda agrees with George.

LBB

LuCA$H is just upset that no one wanted to pay HIM to watch him pop a squat and torque out another moonfish. The prequels were crap.

Aurain Campbrll

I saw Stat Wars Awaken. I was disappointed. I believe JJ just made a new version of New Hope. I didn’t feel he gave the audience anything new. The film did not have the visual effects I hoped it would. I did not have one jump out my seat moment. Lucas was truly a visionary ahead of his time .

Glass

@JZ – You’re wrong, that’s not all that matters. It’s SUPER IMPORTANT, but the universe (planets, spaceships, costumes, visuals) are what makes Star Wars so unique and special.

Neale

@Daniel Could not agree more with that comment, so true.

JZ

The planets and spaceships aren’t the most important thing in The Force Awakens. JJ and Disney managed to create good characters with a good chemistry, that’s all that matters. Lucas completely screwed up that aspect in the prequels.

Jim

"They wanted to do a retro movie,” Lucas said. “They said, "Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.” Except that half the prequels was spent on just showing us exposition from the original trilogy, things that we already knew and didn’t need to see acted out. The prequels were not good….Disney was wise to stay away from them….and wise to do their own thing. Lucas has repeatedly made it clear over the years that he makes Star Wars movies for himself…he doesn’t care about the fans or the audience. Disney was very smart to give the series a reboot with a blending of the original trilogy characters and feel with the new characters mixed in….now they’ve reset the series and can take it in all sorts of interesting things. Lucas is just butt hurt they didn’t drool all over his treatments.

daniel

That we celebrate a film that simply repeats the ideas Lucas came up with while simultaneously dragging him through the mud to make him pay for not sharing our love of it — this shoes that we nerds are not only entitled, thankless a%%holes, but oblivious ones as well.

Gerry

Georges idea is genuine and its not being genuine star wars when giant does not respect this filmaking takes talent

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