George Lucass 11 Worst Decisions

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target No name looms as large in the world of science fiction cinema than George Lucas. He took a humble space opera and built it into one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nine Star Wars films and counting. And there’s no denying that the bones he laid down for a galaxy long ago and far away have resulted in some incredible entertainment.But here’s the thing: no man is perfect. Even a titan like George Lucas has made some dumb decisions over the course of his career. Even though we’re in a celebratory mood because The Last Jedi is so good, we still have to take a look back at Lucas’s life and point out the times that he seriously boned up.AdChoices广告The Special EditionsWe can’t really fault George Lucas for wanting to mess around with the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 1990s. He’d been living with those movies for decades, and things he saw as mistakes and flaws just get worse over time. So he took an opportunity that most filmmakers don’t get and went back in with the best technology the era had to offer and made some changes – beefing up crowd scenes, adding in a CGI Jabba, getting rid of “Yub Nub.” Whatever your view on these alterations, they happened, and most fans would have been fine except for one thing: Lucas claimed the new versions were the only proper ones and pulled the originals from circulation. This is, straight up, a weird dick move that he was rightfully excoriated for.Midi-ChloriansThe concept of the Force is one of the most enduring things to come out of Star Wars, a continuum of energy that can be used to hurt or heal. It’s a potent metaphor that lends itself to all kinds of stories, which is why people lost their mind when George Lucas tried to claim it was just the side effects of some weird bacteria in your blood. Midi-Chlorians were introduced in The Phantom Menace as a bizarre handwave that explains why some people can use the Force and others can’t. It’s sort of like Dragonball Z‘s power level, only it takes an elegant concept and reduces it to numbers and a blood test. Definitely a huge misstep.Killing Darth MaulThe villains are almost a more compelling part of the Star Wars cosmology than the heroes, as evidenced by the decision to make the prequel trilogy about the creation of Darth Vader. A huge amount of the promotional material for The Phantom Menace centered on Darth Maul, the horned dual-ended lightsaber wielder played by Ray Park. He was a fierce and frightening figure, a strong antagonist to set up the early days of the Sith – and he was pretty unceremoniously disposed of in the same movie. We’re not saying that every character has to survive, but it was a massive waste of potential.Comparing Disney To White SlaversIt’s safe to say that the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney was the key decision that kickstarted the new films and brought the franchise back to relevance. It was a hard pill for George Lucas to swallow, though. After the relative failure of the prequel trilogy, watching other creators take his babies away had to hurt. In an interview with Charlie Rose, though, Lucas put his foot in his mouth with a particularly bad comparison. He’s referred to the films as “his children” before, but to Rose he followed it up with “I sold them off to the the white slavers who take these things and…” Yikes.Howard The DuckIn the late 1980s, the name George Lucas was synonymous with blockbuster box office success. After Star Wars and Raiders, it seemed like he could do no wrong. So when Lucas signed up to produce an adaptation of a Marvel comic book, directed by film school chum Willard Huyck, expectations were high. But this wasn’t a big name-Marvel star: it was an offbeat cult series about a surly bird who gets pulled from his dimension to Earth and has bizarre adventures with villains like the bell-headed Doctor Bong. As everybody knows, Howard The Duck was a disaster, a movie too goofy for adults but too weirdly sexual for kids, and it was a critical and commercial flop. It still stands as the worst-reviewed Lucasfilm movie ever made.Darth IckyWith such a flabbergasting volume of spin-off books, video games and other cultural products, Lucas can’t personally shepherd every single Star Wars thing that exists. But sometimes his underlings approach the throne for advice and get something they didn’t bargain for. During the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, developers at LucasArts wanted George to have some input on the game’s protagonist. As the protege of Darth Vader, they thought having a Darth name would be good. Lucas, completely straight-faced, suggested “Darth Insanius” or “Darth Icky.” Needless to say, they passed on those suggestions.Blaming His Retirement On The FansAfter the release of Red Tails in 2012, Lucas did a press tour to dramatically flounce away from the world of blockbuster big-budget movies forever, claiming that he’s going to focus on personal art films. Why would he do that? Well, according to an interview he did with the New York Times, it was all our fault. “Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” was Lucas’s response to the fan opprobrium after the Special Editions and prequels. Needless to say, that didn’t go over all that well.Casting Hayden ChristensenThere are plenty of criticisms to be leveled against The Prequels, but at their core they tell a good story: the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. Unfortunately, that story needed a gifted actor with potent emotional range, and instead George Lucas gave us Hayden Christensen. No offense, he seems like a perfectly nice guy, but Christensen just wasn’t up to the task. Lucas has never been particularly masterful at dealing with actors – his only feedback to Mark Hamill was to say his lines “faster and more intense” – so he wasn’t much help. Throw in a horrifically clunky script and you had a franchise shooting itself in the foot.His Congressional SpeechOne of the worst things to look like in this world is a hypocrite, somebody who says one thing and does another. When George Lucas went before Congress to give an impassioned speech against the trend of colorizing and altering classic movies in 1988, he seemed to be solidly on the side of keeping movies the way they were originally released. In his remarks, he said that “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” And then he would go on to relentlessly alter his original Star Wars trilogy for special editions, adding unnecessary special effects and changing scenes. Make up your mind, dude.The Holiday SpecialThis is obviously well-traveled ground, but the Star Wars Holiday Special will haunt George Lucas to the grave. Rushed to cash in on the surprise popularity of his film in 1978, he didn’t have a lot to do with its production but one of the most inexplicable ideas in the whole thing – the idea to center the main story around Chewbacca’s family, who don’t speak English – came from his desk. Obviously Lucas has no problem with merchandising his creations, as the bazillions of Star Wars products on the market show, but this was early on before he realized that it would be smart to keep a little more control over the proceedings.Jar Jar BinksThe Star Wars universe is full of colorful characters, but none of them inspire the sheer rage that Jar Jar Binks does. Lucas was inspired by Disney’s weird lanky humanoid dog Goofy to create a comic relief character to counterbalance the dark themes of the prequel trilogy. Originally the alien was supposed to have been played by Michael Jackson in extensive prosthetics, but Lucas went for an entirely CGI-generated look with motion capture and voice by Ahmed Best. Lots of things feel flat in the prequels, but Jar Jar epitomized the weird tone and bad dialogue more than anything else.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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