interviews

gffa:

“This mission isn’t for Luke to go out and kill his father and get rid of him.  The issue is, if he confronts his father again, he may, in defending himself, have to kill him, because his father will try to kill him.” –George Lucas

gffa:

gffa:

–George Lucas and the Cult of Darth Vader (x)

WELL, YOU ARE A WHINY TEENAGER, I’m dying.

TO FURTHER CLARIFY:  The reason I’m dying is because George Lucas is actually one of the first people to admit that his dialogue isn’t great.  He totally pokes fun at himself about it, he totally is upfront with how he’s not an actor’s director, he says his dialogue is difficult, but that’s the kind of story he’s telling.  And that he’s also upfront about how the acting style is a throwback to ‘30s and ‘40s style, which is out of step with modern audiences.

And that’s part of what I like about him, that he’s honest about what kind of story he wanted to tell.  A lot of people wanted little demon child!Anakin or they wanted Young Vader, but that’s not what the story was.  It was a story about a good boy who became corrupted by the strength of his power and that he loved too much in a possessive way.  It’s a story about a whiny, petulant teenager.  It’s a story about a character who has too many uncontrolled feelings, whose love is real but also toxic.

THAT’S IT, THAT’S THE STORY GEORGE LUCAS WAS TELLING, DIFFICULT DIALOGUE AND STYLE AND ALL.

and-then-bam-cassiopeia:

I FOUND THE *COMPOSITE* QUOTE I FOUND IT i’ve only been searching for it for… months. idek anymore

Alan Arnold: When did you begin to write Star Wars?

George Lucas: It is difficult to pinpoint the moment when thinking about it evolved into actually putting it down on paper, but it was about 1973.

Alan Arnold: How did the characters evolve?

George Lucas: They all came out of one composite – Luke was the composite, which is another way of saying they came out of me.

Alan Arnold: You were the composite, your subconscious? 

George Lucas: I was dealing with two opposites, and these are the two opposites in myself – a naive, innocent idealism and a view of the world that is cynical, more pessimistic. My starting point was the idea of an innocent who becomes cynical. Should Luke be a brash young kid, or an intellectual? Should he be a she? At one point, I was going to have a girl at the center. Luke Skywalker might never have been; he might have been an heroine. Leia came out of Luke, so to speak, just as Han did, as the opposite of Luke. Han Solo evolved from my wanting to have a cynical foil for the more innocent Luke. A lot of the characters came out of Luke because Luke had many aspects. So I took certain aspects of the composite Luke and put them into other characters.

George Lucas interview, August 23rd, 1978, in Once Upon A Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back, Alan Arnold (p. 222-223)

gffa:

(from an interview with George Lucas re: The Phantom Menace)

I really love this interview and this moment in particular because Star Wars is the story of Anakin Skywalker, the PT is the run up to Vader and the OT is the fallout from Vader, that his story revolves around internal balance of good vs evil, obligation to fellow people, and the choices you make about your own destiny.

I keep thinking of how current canon is really underscoring that last part in particular, that Anakin’s choice to turn to the Dark Side is very much on his own shoulders.

Anakin became a Jedi Knight,“ Obi-Wan interjects, a thread of steel in his voice.  “He served valiantly in the Clone Wars.  His fall to darkness was more his choice than anyone else’s failure.  Yes, I bear some responsibility–and perhaps you do, too–but Anakin had the training and the wisdom to choose a better path.  He did not. (From a Certain Point of View – “Master and Apprentice”)

and

“No.  I refuse.  This is all there is.”  (Darth Vader #5)

are two recent examples just off the top of my head!  Anakin had a choice of many paths, he had the wisdom to choose a better one, he was specifically shown a better one by the kyber crystal, and still decided to go with the Dark Side.

But also this interview is about the obligation to your fellow man and those around you, which is why this line is such an important one from The Phantom Menace:

The problem with the GFFA is that nobody did anything to help others, that’s the central theme of the moral decay, that nobody would risk themselves to help others. Certainly, we see main characters that are helping others–TPM is all about Anakin helping the Jedi, TCW is all about the Jedi helping the entire Republic during the war, it’s about Padme trying to help fight against the decline of the Republic, even ROTS has Bail Organa trying to help the Jedi when they’re being murdered and then he and Mon Mothma founding the Rebellion to help the galaxy.

But the state of the galaxy that they’re working with, the greater atmosphere of the story (and I also touch briefly on it in this post about the propaganda book, though, that was more about the Jedi than about the corruption and moral decay of the Republic, which is what I’m talking about here) is that nobody helps each other.  This is absolutely central to Anakin’s character.

The themes are about destiny, about how you might not be as satisfied if you don’t listen to what your feelings are actually telling you instead of letting your fear and selfishness consume you (quote: the entirety of Revenge of the Sith), it’s even about the role of machinery and droids in relation to being human, which no one embodies more thoroughly in those movies than Anakin Skywalker.

tl;dr:  STAR WARS THEMES ARE ANAKIN SKYWALKER THEMES.  STAR WARS IS THE STORY OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER.

gffa:

(From an interview with George Lucas.)

I REALLY LOVE GEORGE A LOT.  It’s interesting that the merchandising =/= the messages of the movie itself, which is something I wondered about when trying to find any references to “the Light Side of the Force” in the actual canon, rather than just in merchandising and couldn’t.

But more importantly was his answer about how he liked the toys sparking kids’ imaginations.  One thing that George really does seem okay with, for all that most of us have heard that he freaked out about fanfiction back in the ‘80s or what have you, other people telling stories in his universe, that they’re separate from his story, but that they have their place.  And I think a lot of that probably comes down to that he intended these movies for children and I like to think that maybe it took him awhile to come around on adjusting his thinking that a more adult world has its place just as much.

wildwoman22:

Did you know, that according to George Lucas R2D2 was the one narrating of his sci-fi saga?

The Star Wars universe is filled with thousands of wonderful characters, yet the focus of the entire main series is the Skywalker family; from Anakin Skywalker in the prequels to his grandson Ben Solo in the sequel trilogy, it has always been about them. So why the narrow narrative?

Originally, Star Wars (later subtitled: A New Hope) was supposed to be titled “Journal of the Whills Part 1”. Luke Skywalker’s story was therefore supposed to be a retelling from an unknown narrator, someone who was there through it all.

It turns out the narrator wasn’t someone, but something. In the book “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” by Chris Taylor, it is revealed who George Lucas thought was telling the story.

Speaking to animation director Rob Coleman, Lucas said of “his ultimate framing device” that: “The entire story of Star Wars is actually being recounted to the keeper of the Journal of the Whills — remember that? — a hundred years after the events of Return of the Jedi by none other than R2-D2.”

Yes, the lovable droid is the one telling the entire story. Unlike C3PO, R2 doesn’t have his mind wiped at the end of Revenge of the Sith (also the reason why Threepio isn’t bothered about seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi when R2 is) so he can remember the Clone Wars.

Lucas also points out that Artoo never makes a mistake in the series and is often responsible for saving the lives of the main characters. Meanwhile, every other character is flawed, and C3PO always comes off as annoying and getting into trouble – a flawed narrator who doesn’t want his friend being in the limelight.

However, this also begs the question: how does R2 know anything about the events of The Force Awakens, he is asleep the entire time? Is it just a dream sequence? Or did JJ Abrams not know Lucas always meant the droid to be the narrator of the story?

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