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Interesting transcript from online chat about George Lucas

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This was taken from an online chat with Dale Pollock, the author of Skywalking, the autobiography on George. What stands out to me is the statement that apparently George hated that Irvin Kershner didn't make Empire exactly the way he wanted it. I'd hate to imagine what Empire would have been like if George had directed it.

Here is the link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2005/05/06/DI2005050600821.html
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Oddly enough, when Lucas altered the trilogy to align it with his original vision in 1997, and again in 2004, Empire was the movie that was changed the least. Kershner's film is bulletproof.
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that was a good take on lucas, about the exposition thing in ep1 and 2 lucas even says that ine ep4 commentary, thats probably why he wasnt interested in the prequels they were always there to set up the OT
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might be a twice typed typo, but Pollock spells it "Annakin"...
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(...)Why has Lucas not directed any non-"Star Wars" films since the first film came out?(...)

Because essentially he hates directing, and has only directed the first three prequels only because they necessitate little actual direction of actors, and far more attention paid to effects.(...)


OK, so, George? Why didn't you just stayed at home since 1983, with your billions of dollars? You don't have to work for a living anymore, you know? Did you know you own the RIGHTS for STAR WARS? That is a VERY profitable thing, you know? If you hated it so much, WHY destroy your career and your movie saga by directing it yourself, since you hate writing AND directing, and it's SCREENPLAY, DIRECTING and ACTING that makes a movie good, not ILM. The guys from ILM will NOT make a movie good. So you could have stayed at home, while someone talented could just have made the prequels.
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Check this out:

How/when did Lucas come to believe that Kershner ruined Empire? I ask because (1) a lot of people (me included) believe it's the best one, and (2) even after that, he still had someone else direct Jedi. (Thanks for taking questions, by the way. Very interesting chat!)

Dale Pollock: Glad you're enjoying this chat. Kershner said he would never work with Lucas again after his EMPIRE experience, and I think Lucas felt the same way. He felt Kershner went too emotional in EMPIRE, and put too much emphasis on Vader's struggle, and not enough on Luke's. It just wasn't the movie he would have made (I think many of us are glad he didn't make it!)


And now GL is saying that the SAGA is Anakin's story?

If I could ask GL another question, it would be this:

If you hated Kershner's approach to EMPIRE, why is it the least edited of all the special editions?
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do you think george really made the prequels for kids? does anyone know if kids like it, the one time i saw TPM in the theaters kids were throwing popcorn at the back of peoples heads because they were bored
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I don't think I would say he made ROTS for kids.

But, as Irvin Kershner once said "I wanted the movie to appeal to the kidddies, but with deeper meanings for the adults."
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why did george lucas betray us, why god why?!
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I just wished someone would confront him about those things on an interview or something.
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I must question old Georges taste if doesnt like the way Empire turned out, and likes how the other movies turned out especially the ones after.
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I don't think he actually dislikes Empire. I think he's just jealous that it came out better than any of the ones he directed. And he uses the fact that, at its release, it wasn't as popular as the original movie to rationalize his position.

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Originally posted by: ricarleite
I just wished someone would confront him about those things on an interview

He most likely won't agree to an interview without first seeing the questions ahead of time. He's not going to allow someone to put him in an uncomfortable position or embarrass him. The questions would have to be very general. No one's going to be able to ask him - "Mr. Lucas, how come you castrated the character of Han Solo by making him shoot in self defense instead of keeping him as a no-so-trustworthy smuggler that kills someone outright?"
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