Being in the public eye is tough for a celebrity. And even tougher when thousands of people literally worship the ground you walk on.
That’s what Star Wars creator George Lucas must feel like whenever he goes anywhere. And trying to keep those masses happy is not an easy job. Especially when he creates characters like Jar Jar Binks.
But Lucas won’t have to worry about that anymore. He’s hanging up his special effects magic wand and giving up on epic films. Forever.
“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time says what a terrible person you are,” Lucas recently told the New York Times. “On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie. I’m saying, ‘Fine, but my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.'”
The Internet is not really a forgiving place for much of anyone, especially for Lucas. It has provided an avenue to publicize opinions that was never available before, especially when his original trilogy was released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And with that comes instant feedback that many writers and directors don’t really look forward to — especially when such comments can come with a big bottle of rudeness.
But the negative feedback isn’t just about Star Wars, which hasn’t released a new film since “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” in 2005. Critics and fans alike enjoyed some of Lucas’ more recent outings like 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” but picked apart certain “familiar” or totally incredible aspects of the film, including the title character, played by Harrison Ford, surviving a nuclear explosion from inside an old refrigerator.
Lucas has been mostly retired as of late, anyway. While talk continues of a live-action Star Wars television series, Lucas has not talked about any further Star Wars films. And he told Jon Stewart recently on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that he was spending more time creating films and doing projects for himself. Films like “Red Tails,” a World War II-era film inspired by true events that Lucas funded more than $85 million of in production and marketing.
But will he ever be back? Not anytime soon.
“I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff,” Lucas said.
“Red Tails” opens in wide release on Jan. 20.