George Lucas tries to explain the real meaning of the Star Wars saga

It’s been decades since the original film opened, and the genre classic has been dissected endlessly — but what does George Lucas have to say about the real meaning of Star Wars?

As Disney ramps up development on half a dozen or more new Star Wars films, Lucas was a guest on Charlie Rose and dug deep into what he was trying to do with the original film and trilogy. According to Lucas, he was channeling the classic tradition of oral history and tried his best to tell a simple morality tale — masked as a sci-fi epic.

Check out an excerpt from the interview below:

“It’s about good and evil, but heroes — what makes a hero, what’s friendship, what’s the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger? They’re all really basic things, you might say you don’t have to make a movie about that [because] it’s very obvious, but it’s actually not. It’s not that obvious to a lot of people unless you have somebody tell you, every generation, that this is what our country believes in …

With Star Wars, it was the religion — everything was so taken and put into a form that was easy for everybody to accept so it didn’t fall into a contemporary mode where you could argue about it. It went everywhere in the world.”

If you’re interested to see a bit more of Lucas waxing poetic, check out the full interview clip below:

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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