YMMV / George Lucas

  • Creator Breakdown:
    • His divorce from Marcia is often considered one. He actually tried to Unperson her contributions to the Star Wars franchise for several years afterwards, and was quite frustrated that he couldn't do anything about her Oscar win for editing the first one.
    • He seemed to let the Fan Dumb of the Star Wars prequels get to him over time, which probably showed the most in the "Why would I make any more [Star Wars movies], when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?" quote.
  • Fan Nickname: The Maker, especially by the fan organization the 501st. Also known to some elements of the fandom as "The Flannelled One", after his love of flannel shirts.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Some of his ideas about what his "original vision" were, although a lot of this was exaggerated by the fandom. He does not say that every change was his original vision or that the prequels were intricately mapped out ahead of time, only that specific items were unable to be realized at the time.
  • Old Shame:
  • The Other Darrin: A trope he seems to despise using unless absolutely necessary. Lucas has said that before he started searching for a company to sell his own to, he had contacted Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, essentially saying that if they didn't have an interest in coming back for the next trilogy, he could write their characters out.
  • Production Posse: With Harrison Ford, albeit not intentionally. They got along well as friends but he didn't want Ford to be a part of all his movies, like Martin Scorsese had done with Robert DeNiro. But they brought in Ford to read for Han Solo just in the casting process and the crew fell in love with his take on the character. For Indiana Jones, scheduling issues with Tom Selleck led them back to Ford once more.
  • Tribute to Fido: In the 1970s, he had a dog called Indiana, who helped inspire two characters of his: Star Wars' Chewbacca (being a big, furry dog that always sat up front with in his car) and the titular Indiana Jones (referenced in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where we find out Indy took the nickname from his childhood dog).
  • Trolling Creator: One possible interpretation of his more recent behavior. Then again, if you had a fanbase like that, you would too.
  • Uncredited Role:
    • He had a brief uncredited cameo in Hook, alongside Carrie Fisher.
    • He was executive producer on Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat, mainly as a favor for Kasdan's help with the script for Return of the Jedi. Lucas went uncredited because he didn't want his work on an erotic thriller film to affect his family-friendly reputation from the first two Star Wars films.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Or in this case, what might not have been. Lucas abandoned his quest to become a race car driver due to a near-fatal accident. If he hadn't had the accident, he might have become a race car driver. On the other hand, he might have died. Eerily enough, he survived because a special protector for race cars that he'd installed failed and he was thrown from the car before its final impact, hitting a walnut tree hard enough to rip out half its roots.
    • John Milius first wrote the script for Apocalypse Now while he and Lucas were at USC together, intending for Lucas to direct it. Francis Ford Coppola later joked that this would have involved California Doubling with just two helicopters. Some reviews of Return of the Jedi also pointed out that the scenes on Endor were pretty much Lucas finally making his Vietnam movie.
    • He offered Disney several ideas for their Star Wars films upon turning over the rights, and was quite upset that none of them were used.
    • In a rare case of him completely missing the boat on an emerging new technology, he turned down the chance to get in on the ground floor at Pixar when some of the Lucasarts employees got involved with it.
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