George Lucas Explains Why He’s Done Directing Star Wars Movies – Vanity Fair
â€œYou go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,â€ is how George explains why he stepped away from the world-famous franchise he created. â€œAnd itâ€™s not much fun. You canâ€™t experiment.â€
Lucas may have handed the Star Wars reins over to Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams, but that doesnâ€™t mean heâ€™s done having fun in that galaxy far, far away. In this video from Vanity Fairâ€™s New Establishment Summit, Lucas is full of winking jokes for Star Wars fans. Which Star Wars character would he most like to be? â€œJar Jar Binks,â€ Lucas replies, knowing full well the floppy-eared Gungan is the most hated character of the prequels.
Even more mischievously, Lucas says heâ€™s most curious to find out what happened to Darth Vaderâ€™s grandkids. Itâ€™s a question that ties into the rumors swirling around the carefully guarded plot of The Force Awakens, and provokes a rueful shake of the head from Abrams.
But for all his inside jokes and self-deprecating nods, Lucas is still protective of the space saga he helped create. â€œThereâ€™s more to it than just spaceships,â€ he says. But his biggest concern about the ever-expanding universe? That â€œthe Force doesnâ€™t get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook.â€ But Lucas can have faith in Star Wars padawan J.J. Abrams. At the Summit, Abrams acknowledged that Star Wars is â€œa religion for some people.â€ A religion that, Lucas would probably tell him, you have to remember to have fun with.