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

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It was insane, I wish I had filmed it. It was like bringing an audience to the Mona Lisa and asking, 'Do you know why she is smiling?' 'Sorry Leonardo, you'll have to make some changes.' At least the audience understood that THX was not a love story set in the 25th century, which was the way Warners had planned to advertise it. Instead the company settled for 'Visit the future , where love is the ultimate crime.'

May the Force be with you.

A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.

HAN SOLO: Wonderful girl. Either I'm going to kill her or I'm beginning to like her.

I took over control of the merchandising not because I thought it was going to make me rich, but because I wanted to control it. I wanted to make a stand for social, safety, and quality reasons. I didn't want someone using the name Star Wars on a piece of junk.

It would have been easy to establish paternity, but because he didn't, now Chris is likely going to suffer the consequences.

My first film was a parable about the way we are living our lives today. I realize it was a rather depressing statement. People really weren't interested in a depressing statement. Being a pessimist doesn't seem to accomplish anything. [About THX 1138]

After that only the VHS and DVD copies that people have purchased will be left ... That's not a problem, as each VHS copy has been encrypted to write commands to any VCR that tries to play them after a certain date to erase the tape. Any dubbed copies of these VHS tapes also contain the encryption. DVD copies of movies were easier to protect. After the same date, the DVDs simply won't play, and will come out as digital gibberish if people attempt to copy them after that date.

He is one of the best. He's outwitted the empire on numerous occasions, and he has made some very fast deals. One of his problems is that he gambles quite heavily and that's where he loses most of his money. He's tough and sharp, but never manages to scrape together enough to get any power... He's slightly self-destructive and he sort of enjoys being on the brink of disaster... You might meet him and he may be worth ten billion dollars and the next time you meet him he's in debt up to his ears. - Describing Han Solo.

I wanted to make a kids' film that would strengthen contemporary mythology.

It's all being buried with me, ... All copies of the two trilogies will be brought to my gravesite within one month of my death and laid to rest with me.

My greatest regret in my career is that John [Landis] was unable to direct Howard the Duck. I feel the movie would have been far more successful and saved me the years of hardship following its release. – [on John Landis turning down directing Howard the Duck]

Although I write screenplays, I don't think I'm a very good writer.

He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue.

I wanted to make abstract films that are emotional, and I still do.

It's hard work making movies. It's like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it's emotional, tense work. If you don't really love it, then it ain't worth it.

My life is too short to become a film studio... TV is an easier medium to work in. It's more fun. There's not as much pressure. [It's] a good medium to experiment in, without as much downside [as film].

Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall.

Honestly, everyone feels you have to talk about yourself all the time. They say I'm introverted because I don't give many interviews. But I don't give many interviews because I don't make many films.

I was hoping it would, you know, gross somewhere around $30 million or something, which is what most science fiction films -- the best ones -- had done.

I've had a very volatile relationship with Francis (Francis Ford Coppola). It's on both sides, like we were married and we got divorced. It's as close a relationship as I've had with anybody.

My primary concept in approaching the production of THX 1138 was to make a kind of cinema verité film of the future -- something that would look like a documentary crew had made a film about some character in a time yet to come.

As a filmmaker and a lover of cinema, I have always appreciated the many disciplines that go into making a film-- the props, the costumes, all the aspects that come together to make the whole as great as the sum of its parts. I have archived all the important pieces from my own films, and I am a staunch believer it's important that we all make an effort to preserve our cinematic heritage-- before it's too late.

I am simply trying to struggle through life; trying to do God's bidding.

I was very lucky that we were able to create something that stimulated the imagination of young people,

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First Name
George T.
Last Name
Lucas, fully George Walton Lucas, Jr.
Birth Date
1944
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American Film Producer, Screenwriter, Director and Founder/Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., known creating the Star Wars franchise and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones