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George Lucas on why he left Star Wars: “It’s not much fun”

on November 18, 2015, 3:50pm

The life of George Lucas is sort of like a cruel episode of The Twilight Zone. You know, the one where a guy writes a great story that everybody loves and worships, until said story isn’t how they want it to be and they start hating the writer, even calling for his head? Never saw that episode? Weird.

Well, that’s certainly how things came to fruition for the Star Wars creator; that is, until he sold the rights to Disney for a few billion dollars back in 2012 and went off to pen other things like this year’s forgotten CGI flop, Strange Magic. Sadly, the galaxy from far, far away became a burden.

At least that’s how he sees it. Today, Vanity Fair published a short video with Lucas, who started to offer some advice on making a Star Wars film, before turning the whole thing into a quasi-tongue-in-cheek confessional about why he jumped to lightspeed out of the franchise. It’s … well, it’s odd.

“You go to make a movie, and all you do is get criticized, and people try and make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it,” he explains. “It’s not much fun, and you can’t experiment. You can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that, and I never did. I started out in experimental films and I want to go back to experimental films, but of course, nobody wants to see experimental films.”

“I loved your first film,” a voice says, referring to THX 1138.

“Well, nobody else did,” Lucas adds.

Again, you gotta feel for the guy, but really, he can make any movie he wants. After all, if Sean Baker can take an iPhone and create a film like Tangerine, there’s nothing stopping billionaire George Lucas from following suit. Nevertheless, watch the clip below and laugh at who’s his favorite Star Wars character.

Hint: He’s clearly the MVP of Episode I.

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