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#170195
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Who saw Lucas's speech at Peoples Choice Awards?
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Originally posted by: Yoda Is Your Father

... I get the distinct impression you don't even really care either way and are just saying wahtever to bait people. Maybe it makes you feel imprtant or something, and I know by posting this I am just feeding your need for attention...

It's the only reason he's here. Baiting and contradicting people is his way of controlling them. Your anger is exactly what he's hoping for.
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#169197
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'Merge' Article- Lucas in his own words
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Originally posted by: Adamwankenobi

..according to Lucas...blah blah blah..... I can accept this.

That's why Lucas continues to shrink and ruin the stories and offers up blatant lies as explanations - because there's plent of people that will drink whatever Kool Aid he gives them. Lucas needs guys like AWK, even when they aren't trolling and baiting on fan forums.

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#168453
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'Merge' Article- Lucas in his own words
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Originally posted by: SilverWook
"I never gave interviews where I said I had written treatments for nine films during the Making of Empire. It was never called The Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Move along..."

That's what's so irritating about the guy. It's all that damn lying. Truthfully, I don't give a crap about all his re-edits, story changing on the fly, character castration, the romance novel dialogue, etc, etc. I don't watch or listen to any of it. I've got the original version of the original film, so it doesn't concern me. All that damn lying, though - man, there's young people that believe it - young people that weren't around in the seventies when he was giving interviews and saying the very thing he now claims never took place.

Aside from being maddening to listen to, it's very weird. Certainly he must realize that there's a really large part of the population that knows it's all bullshit.
Still, he just looks right at the interviewer and states very calmly - "I never said that" or "It's always been about Darth Vader" or "This is the story I was always working on", etc, etc.

In that 15 year gap when there wasn't going to be any more films, what did he think hardcore fans were doing? - having their memories erased? Man, they were saving everything they could get their hands on - including magazine articles, copies of the movies in their original state, copies of the original script drafts when it was Adventures Of Luke Skywalker with Vader and Annikin as separate characters, and so on.

He's a liar.

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#166945
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Why Boba Fett is now bunk
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Originally posted by: Fat Jedi
Boba Fett is just another character ruined by the horrible prequels and I think he would of been better left a mystery character with no known origins.

Very well put.
Just as he's done with so many parts of the OT, Lucas invented some clever (he thinks) background for someone that didn't need one and cheapened the character in the process.

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#164102
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McCallum comments on the TV series and the prequel special editions
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Originally posted by: Mr Bungle

Im drained of it all and couldnt care anymore, good old George can release 50 special editions for all i care.....


That's exactly how I feel also. There's the original versions only, in my world. I already have the only versions I'll ever watch.
Lucas is just becoming some sort of Orson Wells-type eccentric. He'll be remembered for the altering - not the actual films.

Go get 'em George. I think you should release 6 new versions every year. "Hey, which version of Star Wars do you have?...I have Star Wars 7.2 - service pack 3."



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#162710
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obi wans name in ANH
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Originally posted by: Yoda Is Your Father
The answer is because when ANH was made, Lucas didn't have the idea that vader was really Anakin skywalker yet...Then, between ANH and ESB, Lucas had this idea of Vader being Luke's dad...Personally, I believe that Ben was his real name and ObiWan was a name given to him by the Jedi. Of course, that idea has been destroyed by the prequels, but I don't watch the prequels so it's ok.

+1


In fact, in the original draft of the script, they're two separate characters....

"Annikin Starkiller, a tall, heavy-set boy of eighteen..."

"Darth Vader, a tall, grim-looking general"

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#160107
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Interesting transcript from online chat about George Lucas
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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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#160070
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phantom menace first thoughts
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Originally posted by: battlewars

what were your first thoughts when viewing this 16 year gestating piece of crap?

I remember thinking that there were too many story tangents with a lot of insignificant characters, all of which had nothing to do with the main story.
I think it's terribly written. There's nothing there. It's all over the place. There's no real story. No real development to follow. I went back and gave it a second chance to see if it made more sense after it had a chance to soak in. It didn't. It's like a weird stage play, it seems one dimensional. The characters aren't interesting or life-like.

It's just a bad film - regardless of what it's a part of.

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#159569
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My take (long)
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Originally posted by: CO

I grew up with the story of Luke, and that is how I will always see it. It is a shame because the younger generation who love the PT now are missing out on a great experience of just watching the original Star Wars for what it originally was, a fun space adventure with lovable characters and really cool bad guy. Now they look it at as some inferior special effects movie, that is totally out of place with the first three prequels they just watched. I guess it's their loss.

very well put, CO.

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#159541
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My take (long)
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Originally posted by: JennyS1138

I don't agree that the story was complete, even though Star Wars could have been a stand alone movie.

I think that's exactly what it was intended to be. That's what I meant by complete. It was a finished story in the form it was released in. I didn't need to know what happened after the princess gave the medals to the heros. The fairy tale was over...and it was a wonderful adventure in the process.

Nothing at all wrong with a second installment, by the way. Star Trek, James Bond, Batman, etc have all been fun series but each one doesn't depend on the one before it to even make sense. That's Lucas' biggest weakness - he had one story that he tried to stretch across 6 films. That would be possible if he actually started from the beginning and planned them all out, but he didn't. He finished the story after the first movie and then changed his mind - several times over, trying to reinvent the original in the process. What a tangled web he's woven.

On an unrelated note - Jenny, I believe you may have the best signature on the board.
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#159494
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My take (long)
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The people that weren’t around 28 years ago, only have what Lucas says now to go by. Some of them just blindly follow him anywhere and hang on his every word as though his almighty Star Wars Saga – the greatest story ever told - is the be all, end all.
Lucas isn’t some sort of literary god or film savant. He’s just a guy that wrote a screenplay back in the 1970s and turned it into a film.

Those of us that loved that film when it was first in the theaters, watched and read every interview we could get our hands on. We listened to what the director and actors said about the film and it’s story. It was an outer space adventure along the lines of a fairy tale – hero rescuing princess - good guy vs bad guy with a damsel in distress waiting to be saved. All set against the backdrop of a futuristic (to us) military struggle as opposed to something like medieval England.

It was a single story. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. It had the main characters with a few sidekicks thrown in for depth. That’s all, no grand, 30 year unfolding space saga of the rise and fall of a boy as he becomes a man and has to ultimately be saved by his children.
NONE of that story was there. It wasn’t hinted at. It wasn’t planned for. It hadn’t been considered, and there was no need or place for it in the movie The Star Wars.
All because - it didn’t exist. The early script was a story surrounding Annikin Starkiller, Luke Skywalker, and General Vader. Separate characters, unrelated to each other. Minor tweaks would later eliminate Starkiller and Luke Skywalker would be a teenager instead of a 60 year old man.

With what ultimately became the movie Star Wars, we could let our imaginations run wild thinking about what might happen next or wonder about all the far away worlds the characters may have come from. When I was sitting in the theater every week in 1977, I was a billion miles from home, on a wondrous adventure. My imagination made the story gigantic.

After the success of the movie, Lucas saw the opportunity to make more, to try and capitalize on his success. That would prove much harder than he realized. Having a completed story already, he had to go about the task of adding a second installment. That wasn’t too hard since you can imagine more things for the characters to do. All you have to do is come up with a reason for them to have to do them. That’s where Lucas failed as a writer. He had no more story in him and his struggle to invent one was weak. He ended up just shrinking the previous story and trying to conjure up all sorts of history that ended up being almost too thin to span another film – let alone 5 more. The movies continued to get larger while the story continued to get smaller.

To cover his tracks and try to explain away the discrepancies and plot holes, he’s lied about what he said and did back in the 70s and he’s removed and digitally altered the previous films to try to revise history. That doesn’t work when all the people involved in making them and the fans following the films are still around to call him on it.

A great many of us were there in the 1970s George – we saw the film, we watched the interviews, we read the script, we heard what you said about the story.