George T. Lucas, fully George Walton Lucas, Jr.

George T.
Lucas, fully George Walton Lucas, Jr.
1944

American Film Producer, Screenwriter, Director and Founder/Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., known creating the Star Wars franchise and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones

Author Quotes

When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.

Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will...

The Johnson film wasn't terrible. I just didn't agree with the politics. I'm not a fan of big government and propaganda films are distasteful.

This is about training the work force of the future. Most of the world outside Southern California is pretty far ahead, to tell you the truth. Some of these kids are working with these tools in high school. The [next] Spielberg ... isn't using 8-mm [film]; he's using Hi-8 digital video.

When you do a movie like this, a sequel that's very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it's going to be the Second Coming. And it's not. It's just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up... You're not going to get a lot of accolades... All you can do is lose.

Part of the reason I went back to tell the prequel, of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, is that it's an interesting story and a fun one to tell. Because it is the story of how a good person turns bad.

The object is to try to get the (movie) system to work for you, instead of against you. And the only way you can do it is through success, I'm afraid.

This is huge for a guy like me that's trying to get my career off the ground - to be able to open for Brooks & Dunn - the duo of the millennium - is just an absolute honor.

Why did the senate after killing Caesar turn around and give the government to his nephew? Why did France after they got rid of the king and that whole system turn around and give it to Napoleon? It's the same thing with Germany and Hitler.

People think of me as a sort of pathological, Howard Hughes-type guy sitting in a hotel room, which is definitely not so.

The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we're doing in Iraq now are unbelievable.

This is it. This is the revolution, and I'm in the middle of it. It's a great time to be alive. [about consumer digital camera]

Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.

People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society. The preservation of our cultural heritage may not seem to be as politically sensitive an issue as when life begins or when it should be appropriately terminated, but it is important because it goes to the heart of what sets mankind apart. Creative expression is at the core of our humanness. Art is a distinctly human endeavor. We must have respect for it if we are to have any respect for the human race.

The script is what you've dreamed up-this is what it should be. The film is what you end up with.

This is the first group I could come to that didn't ask me what digital arts are,

With film, if you get a million people to see your movie on the first weekend, you've made about $5 million. That basically will not end up on the top-10 chart. You have to get 10 million people on the first weekend. And if you don't do it in two days, you're basically out of the theaters and into the DVD market. There's just an ecology there. If you're a mouse, don't expect to kill a lion, because it ain't gonna happen. If you want to have that kind of power, it's better to be a lion, because the mice are fine - you can have a life and everything - but the lions are the ones out there prowling and scaring the hell out of everybody.

Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose

The secret is not to give up hope. It's very hard not to because if you're really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.

To be renewed is everything. What more could one ask for than to have one's youth back again?

Working hard is very important. You're not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.

Right or wrong this is my movie, this is my decision, and this is my creative vision, and if people don't like it, they don't have to see it. [Regarding Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith]

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.

To me, film is historical document and therefore it has practical value. People 500 years from now will look at our films and be able to figure out what we were like...They are technological extensions of, a derivation from, the comic strip.

Yeah, I have a few dollars, but when you're getting up to the point where the average movie costs $80 million, anything under $20 million is pretty cheap. Anything under $10 million is almost impossible. And anything under $5 million is Roger Corman.

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First Name
George T.
Last Name
Lucas, fully George Walton Lucas, Jr.
Birth Date
1944
Bio

American Film Producer, Screenwriter, Director and Founder/Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., known creating the Star Wars franchise and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones