George Lucas Explains the True Meaning of ‘Star Wars’

By October 28, 2014

George Lucas may be one of the most divisive people on the planet. One branch of fandom often exalts him almost to the point of being a deity for creating Star Wars, but another tears him down for “ruining” the original films with the prequels decades later. As we head into a new era of Star Wars with “Rebels,” Episode VII, and a shared universe moving forward, Lucas remains a fascinating cultural figurehead and someone who holds a tremendous amount of power not only in the fan community, but as one of the richest people in America.

Sometimes, though, with all of the hoopla that’s surrounded Star Wars since its debut and the blockbuster culture that it spawned (this man’s film truly changed the world), it’s easy to forget that the original story was a fairly simple one. In an interview with Charlie Rose (via io9), Lucas talked about what the story of Star Wars is about. Not what happens, not the plot elements – what it’s actually about. Some of you may have heard him say things to this effect before, but for those who haven’t, it may change the way you see a galaxy far, far away next time you decide to watch the original trilogy.

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