George Lucas Is “Divorced” from Star Wars; Defends Greedo Shooting First
A mere two weeks before the premiere of the seventh installment of “Star Wars”, you won’t find George Lucas’s name on the movie poster’s credits…not anywhere. Since selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $2 billion in cash (which he donated to his educational foundation) and $2 billion in stocks, Lucas has had zero connection to the new film. Disney is building Star Wars theme parks, a slew of new movies, and merchandising to the hilt, but Lucas remains just a spectator.
“I call it like a divorce,” Lucas says candidly. “I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. has a vision, and it’s his vision.”
Lucas admits he has not seen any part of the film, despite having the “best movie theater in the world” at Skywalker Ranch.
“Now I’m faced with this awkward reality, which is fine,” Lucas says. Extending the metaphor, he says it’s like when a grown child gets married. “I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment.”
Lucas goes on to explain and defend the infamous change of Greedo shooting first. “Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’ ” Lucas asks. “Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot.”
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