When the “Star Wars” universe was effectively restarted last year, many wondered how the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, would take it. In the lead up to “The Force Awakens,” he had some (ahem) not very nice things to say about Disney — but has since quieted down. Thankfully, it seems like he’s learned to have some humor about himself, as evidenced by a recent interview with “Rogue One’s” director.
During the press tour for the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” director Garth Edwards was on a French talk show where he went in-depth on the film’s evolution. Considering his movie is so close in the timeline to “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” George Lucas obviously came up, and Edwards revealed he actually invited the sci-fi visionary to visit the film’s set.
Edwards didn’t reveal much about the talk, but did say that Lucas gave him a bit of advice: Don’t screw up. “He said, don’t screw it up…I think there are two things that are incredibly surreal that you can do in your life. Number 2 is having to show George Lucas your “Star Wars” movie. Like, that was really crazy. And I think number 1 is to be George Lucas and have someone show you a “Star Wars” movie. So I felt for him, and he was incredibly gracious.”
Of course, no George Lucas story would be complete without the mention of the prequel trilogy — and it seems even George is no stranger to the jokes. “He joked a lot about how we should do more in the computer, and not build so much,” Edwards said, of course referencing the fact that the prequels received heavy criticism for their use of CGI and not practical effects. “We didn’t take his advice. We tried to shoot as much in-camera as possible,” Edwards confirmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” releases on December 16.
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