When Star Wars came out on Blu-Ray, George Lucas said he is retiring from making big movies. In two interviews, he hit the high notes about major Lucasian topics.
In this interview with the New York Times
(you have to sign up for a New York Times account, for some reason, but it's free), he talked about retirement.
The interview is a good one, mostly about Lucas' Tuskegee Airmen movie Red Tails. Here's the exact quote: "I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff."
Lucas' longtime producer Rick McCallum is always good for a fun, blustery quote. He does not disappoint. He said Lucas "will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker."
His work as a male human is now complete, says McCallum. His family might have something to say about that when Lucas has been sitting on the couch in his plaid PJs for three weeks.
"But, honey! Rick said I could!"
That's what I imagine happening, based on the McCallum quote.
Han shooting first
He said, "What I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t."
But he caused the confusion in the first place. For years, no one was confused.
Now it seems that Lucas is just poking the Internet with a stick. I hope that's true, because that would be hilarious.
Lucas vs. The Internet
Then Lucas busts out an excellent quote: "If it's a popcorn movie, it needs a lot of corn."
That is true, awesomely true. That's the George Lucas I want to hear from.
Not the defensive one, who says, "Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"
He also did this interview, and said, "Somehow, when I make the slightest change, everybody thinks it’s the end of the world."
I want this person to be less irritated. But I also would like all of us to be less irritated. Lucas should be irksome about all the haters, but he shouldn't lump the critics in with them. There is no middle ground, because everyone is so bitchy.
About Star Wars, the whole Internet and George Lucas have turned into an episode of Real Housewives. Everybody just chill out.
This is what happens when you read Internet comment sections. No one should ever do that.