George Lucas Explains Why He's Done Directing Star Wars Films

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We're less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're finally going to see what director J.J. Abrams has done with the universe George Lucas created more than three decades ago. 

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Lucas was asked about the new film, and got his advice on what the new directors should know about the saga he created: "There’s more to it than just spaceships”, he said. He also talked about what he hopes to learn from the new Star Wars (for example, what happened to Darth Vader’s grandkids).


When asked about his favorite Star Wars character, his answer was surprising: Jar Jar Binks, the most despised character in the Star Wars films. Back in August, Lucas said that Jar Jar was inspired by Goofy, and loves the character. It seems that Lucas was defending his past creations, but the reason why Lucas stepped away from helming the films was clear: freedom from one's creations. 

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“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized and people try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it,” Lucas said. “It’s not much fun, and you can’t experiment … I don’t like that.”


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