George Lucas Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

3rd October 2016

Fact: Movie mogul George Lucas has donated $1.5 million (£1.16 million) to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts. The Star Wars creator issued the grant via his George Lucas Family Foundation to help institution bosses develop their multi-media experiences both onsite and during travelling exhibitions.

26th June 2016

Fact: Star Wars creator George Lucas has ditched plans to build a futuristic art museum in his wife's native Chicago, Illinois, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to the development. Instead, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in his home state of California. A specific location has not been confirmed.

15th December 2015

Quote: "We didn't have any premieres on the other films; I was too cheap. I said, 'I'm not gonna spend $3 million on a premiere'." Monday night's (14Dec15) Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens premiere was franchise's creator George Lucas' first.

19th May 2015

Fact: Actor Sam Rockwell's first acting job was as a Care Bear at a birthday party for filmmaker George Lucas' son.

29th January 2015

Quote: "I am a giant proponent of giant screens. But I accept the fact that most of my movies are going to be seen on phones." Movie mogul George Lucas isn't a fan of tiny screens.

14th January 2015

Quote: "The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it. I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I'll be able to enjoy it like anybody else." Star Wars director George Lucas looks forward to watching Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens with fresh eyes, as it is the first installment in the sci-fi series which he has not helmed.

22nd April 2014

Quote: "George is a consultant... We now are the primary drivers behind this property, but he is a very valued person. He's the father of all this." Disney chairman Alan Horn insists Star Wars creator George Lucas will be a big part of the film franchise's seventh film, which recently got underway. Lucas sold the Star Wars property to Disney executives in 2012.

17th January 2014

Fact: Star Wars creator George Lucas was joined by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (16Jan14) as he opened a new visual effects and animation centre in the Southeast Asian country. The pair took a tour of the new Lucasfilm facility with company president Kathleen Kennedy and chatted to staff members during the event.

3rd December 2012

Quote: "They have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that.' I don't really have much to do." George Lucas plays down his role as creative consultant for Disney's new Star Wars blockbuster. The movie mogul sold his production company to the media giant for $4.05 billion.

8th May 2012

Fact: Star Wars creator George Lucas, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, rapper and comedian Jon Stewart are among the stars who have filmed a video tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to honour the tech guru at the upcoming Webby Awards. The clip will be played during the ceremony in New York on 21 May (12).

26th April 2012

Fact: British royal Prince Edward was in New York on Tuesday night (24Apr12) to host a fundraiser with Star Wars mogul George Lucas for Films Without Borders, a non-profit organisation set up to help young wannabe filmmakers break into the industry.

4th March 2012

Tweet: "Rip Ralph MCQuarrie, an extraordinary artist whose work fueled my dreams, fantasies and imagination. His paintings will live forever." Star Trek actor Simon Pegg pays tribute to the late illustrator who helped George Lucas bring his Star Wars vision to the big screen. MCQuarrie died on Saturday (03Mar12).

9th February 2012

Quote: "I keep telling everyone I'm sort of retiring, but I'm really going back to where I started, which is sort of more avant-garde filmmaking. I've made enough money so I can finance it all myself. I don't have to worry or answer to anybody and I can just do whatever I want." Star Wars creator George Lucas plays down reports he's quitting Hollywood for good.

10th January 2012

Quote: "We started out with 40 and we're down to about seven. The pressure was on me - 'You've gotta get this done before we're all gone.'" Movie mogul George Lucas felt he had to complete new war movie Red Tails, about the African-American Tuskegee Airmen, before the real life heroes were all dead. It took the Star Wars creator 23 years to get the film made.

8th December 2010

Fact: George Lucas has spent a chunk of his Star Wars fortune on a new beach house in Santa Barbara, California. The movie mogul paid a reported $25 million (£16.7 million) for the six-bedroom home. His new neighbours will include Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, John Cleese and Kirk Douglas.

9th November 2010

Quote: "If there's something that the three of us can agree on then I'd love to do it. George is working on something now, but I haven't really seen anything on paper. We've talked a little bit about it. It would be fun." Harrison Ford is keen to film a fifth installment of his hit INDIANA JONES franchise - as long as both producers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are on board.

3rd March 2010

Quote: "Steven and George and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we're seeing what comes of it. The process works like this... we come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it's ready and we do it." Harrison Ford reveals he's reached an agreement with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on an idea for the next INDIANA JONES movie.

5th February 2010

Fact: Snoop Dogg went over to the Dark Side on Thursday (04Feb10) as he launched his new shoe collection inspired by George Lucas' Star Wars films. The rapper showed up with Darth Vader and a team of Stormtroopers to unveil his Adidas Originals X Star Wars Collection at Foot Locker in New York's Times Square.

23rd December 2009

Fact: Characters from the Star Wars films were on hand to ring in the opening of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday (22Dec09). Darth Vader, several Storm Troopers and R2-D2 represented George Lucas' Lucasfilm company at the ceremonial ringing of the bell.

30th October 2009

Quote: "I almost could have made a career out of giving George Lucas awards!" Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was the choice awards presenter for the legendary director for many years after starring as PRINCESS LEIA in the original sci-fi trilogy.

18th July 2008

Quote: "It looks like a brand new grandmother's house. Everything's new. It doesn't smell like grandma's but it looks like it. There's no Star Wars stuff anywhere. There's a little hallway with the Willow wand and the guitar from HOWARD THE DUCK." All-American Rejects star NICK WHEELER on recording the band's new album at STAR WARS creator George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in California.

19th May 2008

Quote: "The hairdo is George Lucas' invention. He's always big on, he told me, designing the looks and the hairdos for the characters. He's a frustrated hairdresser." Australian actress Cate Blanchett muses on the INDIANA JONES moviemaker's secret passion for styling women's hair.

12th May 2008

Quote: "It's cops-and-robbers stuff. And it's all to make Mr. Lucas an extra billion, as if he needs it." INDIANA JONES star John Hurt isn't impressed with George Lucas' decision to bring back the adventure franchise.

21st April 2008

Fact: The marketing and productions costs for the fourth INDIANA JONES movie are so high that the summer blockbuster, INDIANA JONES + THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, will have to make $400 million (GBP200 million) at the box office before filmmakers Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford get paid, according to a new Los Angeles Times report.

25th March 2008

Quote: "When you do a movie like this, a sequel that's very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it's going to be the Second Coming. And it's not. It's just a movie." Filmmaker George Lucas asks fans to keep their expectations in check ahead of the release of long-awaited sequel INDIANA JONES + THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

28th November 2007

Quote: "It's like three kids with the enthusiasm of how wonderful and magical cinema is; how you can never learn enough and how every time you make a film you learn more. I am struck with the childlike enthusiasm we all have when we discuss the possibilities of what can be done with film." The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola on his dinner dates with George Lucas and STEVEN SPIELBERG.

1st October 2007

Fact: Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton recorded part of her last album at Star Wars creator George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in California.

29th August 2007

Fact: Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas will receive the Prince Rainier III Award for commitment to the arts at a ceremony at Sotherby's in New York City on 26 October (07).

12th May 2007

Fact: Sci-fi legend George Lucas' 1977 movie Star Wars has been named the most influential special effects film of all time. The poll, taken by experts at the Visual Effects Society, named 1982's Blade Runner as second, while The Matrix (1999) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) tied for third place.

24th February 2007

Fact: Movie moguls Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas will team up to hand out the Best Director prize at Sunday's (25FEB07) Oscars.

1st February 2007

Quote: "For months afterwards, I'd kiss a picture of PRINCESS LEIA before going to bed every night." Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg on seeing George Lucas' Star Wars for the first time.

2nd January 2007

Quote: "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will." Sixty-four-year-old Harrison Ford on reprising his role as INDIANA JONES and reuniting with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

7th August 2006

Fact: VERONICA MARS star Kristen Bell will play a "girl nerd" trying to break into Star Wars creator George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch home in her producer boyfriend KEVIN MANN's new movie FANBOYS.

13th April 2006

Fact: Star Wars director George Lucas will serve as guest director for the Los Angeles Film Festival and create a special program of movies for the event. The festival will be held 22 June - 2 July (06).

8th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I don't do email. I don't write on a computer. I write on a yellow pad, with a pencil." Star Wars film-maker George Lucas insists he isn't as high-tech as his reputation suggests. </p>

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