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

Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.

None of the films I've done was designed for a mass audience, except for Raiders of the Lost Ark (aka Indiana Jones). Nobody in their right mind thought American Graffiti or Star Wars would work.

Don't avoid the clichés - they are clichés because they work!

I figured if I got posters and T-shirts and things with the name of the movie on it, it would help promote the movie. The whole idea that licensing would be a revenue stream didn't occur to anybody.

I'm lucky enough that there is never a blank canvas in front of me... I have hundreds of projects that I want to do but I am running out of time.

Look at this. It's worthless - ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless.

Now that we have digital technology, we can actually do a shot like this, which we struggled and struggled and struggled with back in the old days. So this was a way to make our dreams come true.

Either do, or do not, there is no try

I got the licensing rights because I figured they wouldn't promote the film and if I got posters and T-shirts and things out there with the name of the film on them it would help promote the movie. So, you know, the whole idea that licensing was a revenue stream didn't really occur to anybody, including me.

I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters.

Luke, there is no try, there is either do or not do.

On Gangs of New York: We showed a print of it at the Skywalker Ranch. I was amazed by what he (Scorsese) did with it and where he went. It was terrific.

Even in high school I was very interested in history - why people do the things they do. As a kid I spent a lot of time trying to relate the past to the present.

I hate corporations and I'm not happy that they have taken over the film business but on the same hand I find myself being the head of a corporation. There's a certain irony there.

I'm not in a contest. I make movies. I'm not a racehorse.

Luke: Boy, it's lucky you have these compartments.

On the influence of Star Wars on Hollywood films: People say my movies are just like Hollywood movies. And I say, I can't help it if Hollywood copies.

It's animated... It's about the Clone Wars. It's got all our characters fighting the dreaded Federation. And at the same time I'm working on 'Indiana Jones' and I'm working on a film called, 'Red Tail,' which is about African-American fighter pilots.'

Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is.

I have hundreds of projects that I want to do, and I'm running out of time - so they'll never get done, I'm afraid.

Impressive, most impressive. (Darth Vadar)

Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

That way, we built this more interesting character.

Film is not an easy occupation. There's a lot of occupations that are difficult and film is one of them.

I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.

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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