Although this year’s Star Wars Celebration is the talk of Anaheim right now, one conspicuous absence at this year’s event is the universe’s creator, George Lucas. Since the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Lucas’ outward involvement in the formation of new material in the Star Wars universe hasn’t been as pronounced as it used to be, but that hasn’t stopped the director from taking a comfortable place as a more casual observer in how his creation will unfold.
According to Variety, Lucas is instead in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he recently had a sit down interview with Stephen Colbert. The event had several fun moments come up between the two men, with Lucas relaying Steven Spielberg’s early belief in the original Star Wars film, as well as Stephen Colbert revealing that he doesn’t want to be the man who follows in Jon Stewart’s footsteps as the king of “fake news.”
Then, the conversation turned to The Force Awakens, and the fact that the recently released second trailer for the film has caught on with so many people. Lucas revealed that he hasn’t yet seen it, hoping to instead take it in on the big screen — even if he has to stream it to the one that he owns. He also told Colbert that one of the things he regrets about making Star Wars in the first place is that he never had the ability to absorb it like audiences have. That won’t be the case this time, though, and the writer/director is intrigued by that prospect. “I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “This time it’ll be very thrilling.”
In one of the funnier bits to emerge from the hour-long discussion between the two men, Lucas gave a bit of levity about his own writing by revealing a philosophy he has about the presentation of movies. “I believe half a movie is the sound,” he said. “The sound is extremely important. But the dialogue is not.” That little nugget led Lucas to make a small joke at his own expense: “I’m notorious for wooden dialogue.” Colbert then quipped, “It’s not wooden! It’s hand-carved.”
All in all, it feels kind of nice knowing that Lucas is in a similar boat as the rest of us in waiting to see what J.J. Abrams brings to the table with the Star Wars universe. While he’s not likely clamoring like many of the rabid fans in Anaheim this weekend, it is amusing to think of Lucas waiting to see what will be explored in the film right up to the moment of the big, blue “A long time ago…” letters pop up.
What a strange and special moment that will be for the man who created the universe that so many love.
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