So He Didn’t See The Trailer

Recently GL spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six column and revealed that he hadn’t seen the TFA trailer, saying he preferred to just watch the whole thing in the theater. When asked if he was curious about what J.J. Abrams has wrought he said, “Not really.”

As you might expect this sent the online fandom into a tizzy. I don’t think the fact he hasn’t watched the trailer is a big deal. After all it’s not his movie and maybe he just doesn’t have a habit of watching trailers. The second part of that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement. One can logically infer one or more of the following:

1. He doesn’t want to sound like a crazy helicopter parent hovering over proceedings. Perhaps he feels it’s easier for everyone involved to not have to labor in his shadow, so he takes on a hands-off insouciant approach. Or…

2. He’s really ticked off at what became of the script (in which case I would be really, really worried). Or maybe he worries about what they’ve done to his baby, but he can’t make that too public. Or…

3. He doesn’t like spoilers. Or…

4. He’s checked out of the whole thing. Aside from some story consultations/meetings several months before filming, he’s had nothing to do with Star Wars anymore. He’s focused on getting his museum off of the ground, will probably do some publicity for “Strange Magic,” and then his next stop is Sundance in February. Maybe that will be his first step to get back in the world of smaller, indie films.

It also bears noting that Lucas has in the past described himself as a movie fan, not a Star Wars fan per se. He has never experienced Star Wars the way we have because he was always in the kitchen, so to speak.

In any case, we’ll have to see if there’s any backpedaling in the near future.

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2 Responses to So He Didn’t See The Trailer

  1. I was under the impresion Lucas spent entire year developing story for VII, VIII and IX. His son talked about it a year ago.

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  2. Keith Palmer says:

    I’m concerned the article managed to eliminate the possibility Lucas was thinking “why would I need to be ‘curious’ like anyone else waiting to buy a ticket? I can just drop in on Lucasfilm and they’ll show me how it’s coming together.” Everything I hear about him these days seems to leave me thinking he really is doing his best to “live the way he suggested” and “let go,” and yet with that constant lurking suspicion a few too many people are ready to “construct” a positive impression as they were to tear down any possibility of positivity towards the new movies within themselves, just on a matter of whether Lucas is involved or not, I can completely imagine him getting sort of disdainful about the whole thing…

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