Whether you love him or hate him, George Lucas will go down in history as one of the most famous people in the film industry. His involvement in many films has been enough to make him a huge star, but it’s one series in particular that we will always associate him with: Star Wars. Since selling off his interest in the franchise to Disney, things have changed, but his legacy remains with the original six films and the many controversies surrounding them.
The director, producer, and writer is often made into a caricature by fans who either love his work or despise the changes he has made to subsequent releases of his films. But either way, there is definitely another side to George beyond what we think we know. We have gathered some interesting facts about the man himself that you probably had no idea about. Sure, you know about his involvement with Star Wars, some of his other work, his well-established friendship with the ultra-famous director Steven Spielberg, and you recognize his appearance easily. But that doesn’t bring you close to understanding what lies under the surface. Even though he is world famous, he is still a man, deeply ridden with complexities and a history that most would find fascinating.
Whether learning about his home life, his artistic interests, or some of the twists and turns that have brought us to where his career is today, it’s interesting to find out a bit more about this man. Here are 15 facts that you probably didn’t know about George Lucas before today.
15 He Wanted To Be A Race Car Driver
14 He Wanted To Join The U.S. Air Force
13 He Filmed Gimme Shelter
12 His Classmates Were Talented
11 His Involvement With Akira Kurosawa
10 He Technically Founded Pixar
9 He Had Star Wars 7 Ideas
8 He Has Cameos In His Movies
7 He Makes Big Charitable Donations
6 He Signed The "Giving Pledge"
5 He’s Rich Thanks To Merchandise
4 He Has Three Adopted Children
3 He Loves Experimental Films
2 He Was In Hawaii When Star Wars Debuted
1 His Dog Inspires Him
When you have a pet that becomes part of the family, it’s easy to spend a lot of time thinking about them. Lots of artists tend to create things based around their pets in one way or another, and George Lucas is no different. He has an Alaskan Malamute called Indiana, which is apparently very talented. First of all, Indiana the namesake for Indiana Jones, which is no small feat for a dog. Amazingly, he was also the inspiration for the character of Chewbacca. We can’t imagine how a white dog turned into a brown gun-toting, nonsense-growling alien, but then again, that’s probably why George Lucas is a world-renowned filmmaker and we’re not. He apparently wanted “to give Han Solo a sidekick who was like a big, furry dog. Not quite like a dog, but intelligent." If he said that to Chewbacca’s face though, he’d probably get himself into a bit of trouble.
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