When George Lucas was asked which Star Wars character he’d most like to be during a video interview for Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, he gave a pretty shocking response. The 71-year-old director would choose Jar Jar Binks, the gangly Gungan alien from the prequels. Binks is widely considered to be the galaxy far far away’s most disliked character, a sentiment that Lucas does not support.
This answer led to a discussion of why Lucas chose to step away from the Star Wars universe and leave the franchise in the hands of J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm. “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,” he said. “It’s not much fun and you can’t experiment. You can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that.”
The latest installment of the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hits theaters in exactly one month as of Wednesday, and Lucas has some questions about where Abrams decided to take the film’s plot. “I’m curious about what happened to Darth Vader’s grandkids,” he said.
- TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2022
- Employers Take Note: Young Workers Are Seeking Jobs with a Higher Purpose
- Signs Are Pointing to a Slowdown in the Housing Market—At Last
- Welcome to the Era of Unapologetic Bad Taste
- As the Virus Evolves, COVID-19 Reinfections Are Going to Keep Happening
- A New York Mosque Becomes a Refuge for Afghan Teens Who Fled Without Their Families
- High Gas Prices are Oil Companies' Fault says Ro Khanna, and Democrats Should Go After Them
- Two Million Cases: COVID-19 May Finally Force North Korea to Open Up