George Lucas may have mixed feelings about parting ways with the galaxy he built. In an interview on "Charlie Rose" the "Star Wars" creator called the past films he directed his "kids" and likened the split from the franchise to that of a breakup with a romantic partner. And then Lucas implied that he had sold those kids to "white slavers."
In a 50-minute interview with Rose, Lucas discussed his long career as well as the task of parting ways with the space opera he's been a part of since 1977. Lucas lamented that he avoids the movies now much as one would avoid someone they have severed ties with in a relationship -- no phone calls and definitely do not drive by the person's home.
"You have to put it behind you and it's a very, very, very hard thing to do," Lucas told Rose. "But you have to just cut it off and say, 'End of ball game, I gotta move on.' Everything in your body says, 'Don't, you can't.' These are my kids.... All the 'Star Wars' films. I loved them, I created them.... I'm very intimately involved in them.... I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and..."
Lucas also didn't seem terribly pleased with the direction of new film "The Force Awakens."
"They wanted to do a retro movie," Lucas said. "I don't like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them different, I make them completely different with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."
However, the filmmaker went on to explain that he was at peace with everything despite dealing with the earlier breakup issues.
The public was not. The comments, particularly those about "white slavers," hit the media with a whirlwind. Lucas has since responded with an apology and a statement released to the media (via Deadline):
"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.
Watch the full 50-minute interview over on Hulu. Clearly Lucas is still grappling with the power of the Force.