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JayBaen
A quote from the net concerning Lucas at the recent Cannes film festival:
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Lucas, at a Cannes film festival press conference yesterday, said he first wrote the framework of Star Wars in 1971 when reacting to then-U.S. president Richard Nixon and the events of the Vietnam War. But the story still has relevance today, he said, and is part of a pattern he has noticed in history.

"I didn't think it was going to get quite this close," he said of the parallels between the Nixon era and the Bush presidency, which has been sacrificing freedoms in the interests of national security.

"It is just one of those re-occuring things. I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is . . . The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."

In the latest film, the Palpatine character takes over as ruler of the universe with the co-operation of the other politicians.

"Because this is the back story (of the Star Wars saga), one of the main features of the back story was to tell how the Republic became the Empire," Lucas said.

"At the time I did that, it was during the Vietnam War and the Nixon era. The issue was: How does a democracy turn itself over to a dictator? Not how does a dictator take over, but how does a democracy and Senate give it away?"

Lucas cited the Roman empire in the wake of Caesar's death, France after the revolution and Hitler's rise in Germany as historical examples of countries giving themselves over to dictators.

"They all seem to happen in the same way with the same issues: Threats from the outside; they need more control; and a democratic body not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling."

Lucas earned applause for his comments before joining actors Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman (who has shaved her head for a new role), Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid and Anthony Daniels in a free-wheeling discussion of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge Of The Sith, which made its world premiere last night out-of- competition.

This was before the Cannes brass presented Lucas with an honour called "the trophy of the festival."

JB
Ruggiero
Read that article.

I think its getting boycotted by some crazies on the right, but not sure. That kind of press is only good press in my humble rodian opinion.

I only wish Grievous had been named Rumsfeldio or something. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Ruggiero
InfiniteWarrior
Good one, Baen!

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Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is . . . The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."


If they're not awake by now.... Wide Awake; Fast Asleep.

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JayBaen
OK.

So, I've finally seen ROTS ... twice.

Maybe I'm getting old.
Maybe it's the recent addition to the family.
Maybe it's because I think I'm a Jedi.

Order 66.

Horrible.

Cried.

JB
Ruggiero
The saddest thing is... that it's all over.

Wiping away a Rodian tear....

--Rugg
Ruggiero
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JayBaen
You're killing me.

Just killing me.

JB

(p.s. and just where did you get those shots? .. wink.gif )
Ruggiero
What are you suggesting? They are around the net if you know where to look.

--Ruggiero

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Tyrannus
I loved this movie ... thoroughly. I saw it in theaters 4 times. And oh yeah... the Coot is back. Look for me on the servers. And HAM... you're dead for posting that.
*HAMSTAR*
Yay he lives!! biggrin.gif
InfiniteWarrior
Tyrannu-saurus!!!! ohmy.gif

Pencil me in on your dance card, please. So glad to see you're not extinct.

P.S. I thought instantly of you when Dooku unceremoniously got his head lopped off. Brought a tear to me eye, it did.
Tyrannus
He pwned those two fools so badly, too.. it's a shame. A crying shame.
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yeah thats what I am saying dooku should have lived on... he always gets double teamed mellow.gif
JayBaen
speaking of double-teaming the "Dooku" ... I'm ready Hammy, are you?

JB
Tyrannus
Do not assume because there are two of you that you have the advantage ...
*HAMSTAR*
Twice the pride.. double the fall
JayBaen
Oh .. and he fell ...

Good times.

JB
Tyrannus
I don't like you very much, sir.
JayBaen
and just think ... there was only *one* of me .. it just FELT like 2 ... smile.gif

JB
Tyrannus
Consider yourself exterminated, Jay. It's Baen fun, but this party's over.
JayBaen
Taken from the latest issue of Starwars.com "Homing Beacon" ...

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Christensen also had the benefit of working alongside prolific actors -- Christopher Lee and Ian McDiarmid -- to help him hone his skills as an actor on the set.

"I think I've learned the most, from all the actors I've worked with, from Ian," Christensen confesses. "It was just an eye-opening experience getting to sit in that opera scene with him and listen to him tell that story and watch the subtlety, and everything that he's able to convey within that subtlety. I'd just sit there and shake my head and be like, 'Oh, I'm not supposed to be shaking my head. Whoops!' And, he's such a kind man and is willing to share his wisdom and help you when you ask for it. So, I've learned an awful lot from him."


How ironic, no?

JB
Tyrannus
He wouldn't know acting if it was 83 years old and cut off his arm. Oh, wait... guess he's just blind. I do like Ian, but he can't hold a lightning bolt toward my favorites Sean Bean and Christopher Lee. Among others....
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