I can only count a handful of directors that shaped my childhood, and George Lucas is definitely on that list. From Star Wars to Indiana Jones to even Willow damnit, he was the 80’s!
Now I know he’s gotten a ton of shit for what he did with the prequels, hell I’ve been guilty of the hate but that doesn’t mean I do not appreciate him. It’s been a few years since he sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars universe to Disney, and since then he rarely appears anywhere. He even proclaimed his directing days were over. Which is a shame, to be honest.
EW released an article on top of the details and interviews they’ve been dropping all week on SOLO. And I have to be honest I smiled.
Kathleen Kennedy went on to tell EW what happened during the visit:
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’ It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh. And Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh that’s a great idea,’ and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this.’ So that was pretty cool. I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.”
I love that Howard brought in both Lucas and Ford to help on the set or just be a presence. Shows the kind of respect he has for the franchise.
I really hope this is a trend that continues. Lucas still has to offer, just no more Jar Jar, please.