It wasn’t too long ago that George Lucas had some harsh words about selling his Lucasfilms to Disney, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the state of Hollywood. A lot of what he said sounded more like buyer’s remorse than criticism. But the fact that he referred to Disney as “white slavers” in an interview with Charlie Rose was very questionable. And now it looks like the Star Wars creator has realized that.
Lucas has now apologized for his ugly remarks. Read his apology here below.
Here’s the statement (via Entertainment Weekly) that Lucas released on Thursday:
“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.”
The inappropriate statement Lucas is referring to is when he gave his thoughts about selling Lucasfilm to Disney:
“I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and… [laughs].”
In the same interview, he seemed to be critical of The Force Awakens, saying that Disney wanted to do a “retro movie,” and that he doesn’t like doing that, and would rather do something different, with different planets and different spaceships. Of course, most of these interviews are done long before the films premiere or in this case before the Kennedy Center Honors.
However, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that after Lucas watched an early preview of the The Force Awakens, he told her that he “really liked it.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has an estimated domestic gross of $651.9 million, and $1.3 billion worldwide. It is currently on track to beat Avatar.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]