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George Lucas

George Lucas [21]


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Born:May 14, 1944 (76)
Filmography Rating:7.67 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.49 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.94 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.60%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope [1977](33) => Director / Writer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980](36) => Story
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [1983](39) => Writer
Star Wars - Ewok Adventures: Caravan of Courage [1984](40) => Story
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [1984](40) => Missionary (uncredited)
Star Wars - Ewok Adventures: The Battle for Endor [1985](41) => Story
Follow that Bird [1985](41) => Extra (uncredited)
Captain EO [1986](42) => Writer
Willow [1988](44) => Story
The Land Before Time [1988](44) => Executive Producer
Hook [1991](47) => Man Kissing on Bridge (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999](55) => Director / Writer
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [2002](58) => Director / Writer
Star Wars - Ewok Adventures [2004](60) => Story
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Special Edition [2004](60) => Director / Writer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004](60) => Story
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Special Edition [2004](60) => Writer
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005](61) => Director / Writer / Baron Papanoida (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Limited Edition [2006](62) => Writer
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Limited Edition [2006](62) => Director
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Limited Edition [2006](62) => Story

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008]
  • Mutt Williams was originally a nerdy kind of character, but George Lucas decided to make him Indiana's son and give him a rebellious character, reasoning that "he needs to be what Henry Jones Sr. thought of his son, and the curse returns to Indy in the form of his own son - he's everything a father can't stand!"
    Battlestar Galactica [1978]
  • The producers were sued by George Lucas, who claimed that some of his ideas from Star Wars had been used.
  • As part of the settlement with George Lucas, they were not allowed to show laser trails when they use their blasters. All you see is the weapon lighting and then whatever damage was caused. The only time you see a laser or light trail is when they're in space, the Colonial Vipers and Cylon fighters.
    Explorers [1985]
  • At one point, the boys are watching at the Drive In a movie featuring a spacefaring hero named Starkiller. George Lucas originally intended the lead character of his movie Star Wars to be called Luke Starkiller until he changed it to Skywalker at the last minute.
    Howard the Duck [1986]
  • George Lucas's close friend John Landis was originally slated to direct this film but after reading the script turned down the opportunity due to the police car crashes in the finale. He felt this was too similar to that of his previous film The Blues Brothers.
  • According to reports at the time of the movie's release, George Lucas was heavily in debt (having just built the $50-million Skywalker Ranch complex) and was counting on this film to get him back in the black. When it bombed, he was forced to start selling off assets to stay afloat. His friend [?] Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computer, offered to help by buying Lucasfilm's newly-launched CGI animation division for a price well above market value, and Lucas, in desperate straits and thankful for the assistance, agreed. That division eventually become Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Executive producer George Lucas spent $2 million on Howard's duck suit, and eight different actors worked inside the costume. According to the 2009 DVD release, a child actor was intended to be the "main" Howard, but didn't work out; another actor, Ed Gale ended up performing the lion's share of the major scenes as Howard and as such earned himself a credit at the start of the film.
    The Land Before Time [1988]
  • During development, Cera started out as a male triceratops called 'Bambo'. It was George Lucas's idea to make Cera a girl triceratops.
  • Steven Spielberg and George Lucas originally wanted the film to have no dialog, like the {Rite of Spring} sequence in Fantasia. But, to make the film appealing to children, they abandoned this idea, and got actors and actresses to do the voices.
    Men In Black (MIB) [1997]
  • The "known aliens" visible on the screen include Al Roker, [?] Isaac Mizrahi, Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, [?] Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone, [?] Dionne Warwick, Newt Gingrich, [?] Anthony Robbins, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
    Ocean's Eleven [2001]
  • Matt Damon punches "1138" on a elevator keypad as a homage to George Lucas's first movie THX 1138.
    Spaceballs [1987]
  • Mel Brooks asked George Lucas's permission before spoofing Star Wars. George Lucas trusted Mel Brooks to make the film after reading the script, because he loved Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Lucas said that he could only make this film if no merchandise was manufactured which is why all the movie related products are shown in the movie. Said merchandising shown in the movie: - bed sheet - flame thrower - lunch box - cornflakes - towels - Yogurt figure - toilet paper - shaving cream - place mat - action figures.
    Spy Kids [2001]
  • This is the last Robert Rodriguez movie shot on film. Post-production was done at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch where he introduced Rodriguez to High-Definition digital filmmaking.
    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [2002]
  • Like Ewan McGregor did in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christensen made "lightsaber noises" the first time he was handed one in rehearsal. After chuckling at the young star's antics, George Lucas informed him that they probably had people in Sound Effects who could do a better job in post production.
  • There is no mystical significance in the color of Mace Windu's lightsaber. Samuel L. Jackson, after a jokey conversation with stunt coordinator [?] Nick Gillard, asked George Lucas if he could have a purple lightsaber to match his favorite color, and George Lucas agreed. In an interview on UK TV, Jackson said he "thought it would be cool".
  • According to George Lucas, Obi-Wan's hiding in Geonosis' asteroid field teaches young Boba Fett a lesson that he uses to his advantage during adulthood. Having learned how Obi-Wan hid from him and his father, Boba Fett knows the trick Han Solo is using to hide in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and is able to find him.
    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005]
  • George Lucas deliberately made the Darth Vader suit top-heavy (for instance adding weight on the helmet) to make Hayden Christensen not appear "too accustomed" to it in the movie.
  • At Hayden Christensen's request, George Lucas had a new Darth Vader suit made to fit him, rather than reuse the one in the original trilogy and have a different actor play Vader.
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope [1977]
  • Han and Luke "transfer" Chewbacca from cell block 1138, a reference to George Lucas' earlier film THX 1138. "THX-1138" was going to be the serial number of the guard with the faulty transmitter on the Death Star, but this was changed.
  • 7 foot 2 Peter Mayhew got the role of Chewbacca 10 seconds after he met George Lucas. All he did was stand up.
  • When the film was re-released in theaters after it became so successful, the Daffy Duck cartoon {Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century} was run preceding the feature at the request of George Lucas.
  • To preserve the dramatic opening of the film, George Lucas insisted on moving all the credits to the end of the movie, thereby not intruding on the iconic opening crawl. The Directors' Guild in particular took issue with this, and demanded that Lucas, at that time a DGA member, follow Guild regulations and put the credits at the beginning or face a fine. Lucas kept the film as is, paid the fine and promptly resigned from the DGA after Star Wars' release.
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Special Edition [2004]
  • When the film was re-released in theaters after it became so successful, the Daffy Duck cartoon {Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century} was run preceding the feature at the request of George Lucas.
  • To preserve the dramatic opening of the film, George Lucas insisted on moving all the credits to the end of the movie, thereby not intruding on the iconic opening crawl. The Directors' Guild in particular took issue with this, and demanded that Lucas, at that time a DGA member, follow Guild regulations and put the credits at the beginning or face a fine. Lucas kept the film as is, paid the fine and promptly resigned from the DGA after Star Wars' release.
  • Han and Luke "transfer" Chewbacca from cell block 1138, a reference to George Lucas' earlier film THX 1138. "THX-1138" was going to be the serial number of the guard with the faulty transmitter on the Death Star, but this was changed.
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980]
  • Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. George Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had David Prowse (Darth Vader) say "Obi-Wan killed your father", and dubbed it later to be "I am your father". In fact, only six people knew about the ending: George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones.
  • The scenes where R2-D2 is submerged in the mud pool were shot in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool. Most of the crew were hidden under the water and the entire sequence was shot by George Lucas himself.
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
  • In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a shoe. The rumor is that George Lucas asked the SFX people to redo the scene so many times that they got annoyed and one of them threw in their shoe. Another of the asteroids is actually a potato. It appears just as the Millennium Falcon first enters the field. Two asteroids travel from the top left to the bottom right corner of the screen. Just after the second asteroid leaves the screen a third one appears in the top left corner. This is the potato.
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004]
  • The scenes where R2-D2 is submerged in the mud pool were shot in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool. Most of the crew were hidden under the water and the entire sequence was shot by George Lucas himself.
  • Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. George Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had David Prowse (Darth Vader) say "Obi-Wan killed your father", and dubbed it later to be "I am your father". In fact, only six people knew about the ending: George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones.
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
  • In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a shoe. The rumor is that George Lucas asked the SFX people to redo the scene so many times that they got annoyed and one of them threw in their shoe. Another of the asteroids is actually a potato. It appears just as the Millennium Falcon first enters the field. Two asteroids travel from the top left to the bottom right corner of the screen. Just after the second asteroid leaves the screen a third one appears in the top left corner. This is the potato.
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [1983]
  • Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas initially wanted to include the "victory over the Empire" shots on the imperial city. However, they were unable to get a satisfactory name for the capital planet of the Empire. In May 1991, author [?] Timothy Zahn wrote a [Star Wars] spin-off book, Heir to The Empire, and came out with the capital planet's name as Coruscant. Lucas was happy with the name and as the result, CG shots of victory celebration sequences of other cities, including Coruscant (where the statue collapsed) was included in the 1997 Special Edition.
  • Originally, George Lucas was disapproving of Richard Marquand's choice in casting Ian McDiarmid as The Emperor. The choice eventually grew on Lucas, as he eventually went on to cast McDiarmid as the younger version of the same character in the next three episodes of the Saga.
    Kung Fu Panda [2008]
  • The scene where Po enters the Jade palace, where he is amazed by all the relics, is based on the director's first experience entering the Skywalker Ranch of George Lucas, where all the props from the [Star Wars] movies can be found.
    For Your Eyes Only [1981]
  • Steven Spielberg was very much interested in directing a [James Bond] film and did have talks with Albert R. Broccoli to direct this film, but Broccoli told him he only wanted British directors to helm the [Bond] series. Shortly afterwards George Lucas offered Spielberg an iconic hero of his own in the form of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015]
  • Harrison Ford admitted that he fought for Han Solo not to survive the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He wanted Han to sacrifice himself in order to give him a little bottom, as he does in this film. Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter for Episode VI and now The Force Awakens, supported the idea, but George Lucas objected because he didn't want any of the main cast to die.
  • Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence and [?] Shailene Woodley were considered for the role of Rey. Olsen refused the audition for the role because she already had a contract with "Marvel Studios" for the role of Scarlet Witch in the Avengers' franchise, and because the shoot dates for "The Force Awakens" overlapped with Age of Ultron. In April 2014, J.J. Abrams chose Daisy Ridley as Rey, to mimic the same type of selections made by George Lucas, with little known actors for the leading roles. In 1976, Lucas chose Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for their respective roles of Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
  • Mark Hamill claimed George Lucas nonchalantly told him over lunch a new [Star Wars] trilogy was going to be made by Disney, and if he did not want to be involved, Luke Skywalker would simply be written out of the script. However, Hamill immediately agreed to reprise the role. Hamill admitted, however, that he pretended to also be nonchalant about it so it didn't seem like he was excited for the role.
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [2016]
  • George Lucas loved the film so much that director Gareth Edwards posted on his Twitter feed, [sic] "It was the most important review to me he's kind of like God, I will take that conversation to my grave, his opinion means the world to me."
    The LEGO Batman Movie [2017]
  • The airplane at the beginning of the movie is under the name McGuffin Airlines. "McGuffin" is the cinematic/literary name given to an object or person which is of vital importance to the characters but whose actual function is immaterial to the plot. The pilot at the beginning identifies his flight number to the control tower as "Flight 1138". This is a reference to George Lucas' first movie, THX 1138. The number 1138 was hidden in many of his successive films-- including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. It became an inside joke for his fans, and since then the number has also been used in numerous other media not affiliated with Lucas, as an homage to his work and continuation of the joke.
    Solo: A Star Wars Story [2018]
  • This film marked the first time an Academy Award winning director ever made a [Star Wars] film. Also the third Academy Award nominated director (after George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan).
    Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi [2018]
  • Although Disney decided not to use George Lucas's story outlines for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX after the purchase of his company, a couple of Lucas's ideas surfaced in this film, including Luke Skywalker living as a recluse and training a female Jedi (in Lucas's outline her name was Kira).
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow [2004]
  • The number on Dr. Walter Jennings' door is "1138", a reference to George Lucas' THX 1138.
    John Carter [2012]
  • Robert Zemeckis turned down the chance to direct, quipping "George already pillaged all of that" with the "Star Wars" films. In other words, most of the best elements of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars fantasies had already been "borrowed" for George Lucas' space operas.
    Unbreakable [2000]
  • As in comic books, the main characters have their identified color schemes. David's is green and Elijah's is purple. They show up in their clothes, the wallpaper and bed sheets in their houses, Elijah's note to David, and various personal items, among others. Purple also happens to be Samuel L. Jackson's favorite color. He persuaded George Lucas to allow him to have a purple lightsaber in Attack of the Clones.
    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker [2019]
  • When George Lucas originally laid out plans for 12 episodes, then reduced it to nine, he said that C-3PO and R2-D2 would be the only characters to appear in all nine. This proves to be true: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the only other characters to appear in every movie of the original and prequel trilogies, did not appear in the sequel trilogy. Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all nine episodes.
    Jaws [1975]
  • During pre-production, director Steven Spielberg, accompanied by friends Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and [?] John Milius, visited the effects shop where "Bruce" the shark was being constructed. Lucas stuck his head in the shark's mouth to see how it worked and, as a joke, Milius and Spielberg snuck to the controls and made the jaw clamp shut on Lucas' head. Unfortunately, and rather prophetically, considering the later technical difficulties the production would suffer, the shark malfunctioned, and Lucas got stuck in the mouth of the shark. When Spielberg and Milius were finally able to free him, the three men ran out of the workshop, afraid they had done major damage to the creature.
    Captain EO [1986]
  • Disney wanted to change Michael Jackson's voice because they felt his voice was too high-pitched and were afraid people would not take him seriously. Jackson was unaware of this decision until he was told writer/producer George Lucas vetoed it.