The world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” isn’t until December 14th, but the film has already screened for some key figures over at Disney and LucasFilm. This weekend it was revealed long time friend of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, Steven Spielberg has seen the movie no less than three times already.
The man himself however, George Lucas, hasn’t seen a single frame of the upcoming space opera sequel. In a new interview with the Washington Post, Lucas continues to compare his relationship with “Star Wars” to a breakup or divorce, and reaffirm his belief that it is right for him not to be involved in the project in any capacity:
“There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder. You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced.’ .?.?. I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. has a vision, and it’s his vision.”
Lucas was hoping for a private screening at Skywalker ranch, but is now facing the reality, that he will have to watch the movie with others and face any possible awkwardness:
“I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”
Here’s one for Original trilogy purists, he also once again defended his decision to change the Han and Greedo scene in the original 1977 “Star Wars” so that Greedo shoots first:
“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’. Because I was thinking mythologically – should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] – you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th and stars: Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow and Mark Hamill.