Most people writing about this George Lucas interview with Charlie Rose probably haven’t even watched the whole thing. They’re too interested in the ‘white slavers’ comment. The thing is…you know what Lucas meant – he’s telling us that selling Star Wars and Lucasfilm to Disney will lead to them being exploited by others – and that he’s helpless to do anything about it because he made the deal and took the cash.
We live in a world where we unfortunatley need to apologise for every little comment and Lucas is no different.
Here’s his statement:
“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.
I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”
However, you owe yourself to watch the whole interview. It will give you a wonderful insight into one of the greatest masters in the history of cinema. Check it out.