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Now, for a man who played a major part in creating two of the most beloved movie franchises of all time — having written, directed or produced both the vast majority of the saga and the films — sure does get a bad rap nowadays. Of course, that's largely because he spent much of the 1990s adding unnecessary CGI into both the original Star Wars trilogy and the eagerly anticipated, yet ultimately far too Jar Jar and baby Anakin-heavy . Which, for most fans, is a perfectly legitimate reason to be mad with the guy unto eternity.

Lucas did, however, still come up with some of the greatest ideas in modern movie-dom, so it's nice to see that he still has a sense of humor about the whole thing. Y'see...

George Lucas Just Successfully Trolled Himself On The 'Rogue One' Set

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Specifically, it seems that he managed to get in a magnificently sly jab at his own disputed legacy. What's more, as director recently revealed during an interview on a French talk show, he did so as part of what seems to have been an incredibly kind and gracious visit to the Rogue One set:

"I think there are two things that are incredibly surreal that you can do in your life. Number 2 is having to show George Lucas your Star Wars movie. Like, that was really crazy. And I think Number 1 is to be George Lucas and have someone show you a Star Wars movie. So I felt for him, and he was incredibly gracious."

Lucas also, though, took the time to gently mess with Edwards, it seems. As the young director also revealed:

"He said, 'don't screw it up.'"

Which is actually a pretty solid line coming from someone partly responsible for this:

Lucas's greatest gag, however, was — in pleasantly self-deprecating fashion — reserved for himself. As Edwards put it:

"He joked a lot about how we should do more in the computer, and not build so much... We didn't take his advice. We tried to shoot as much in-camera as possible."

Or, in other words? George Lucas just turned up on the set of a Star Wars movie and kept jokingly advising its director to use more CGI. Which means that a) he now definitely gets the joke, and b) the world has officially come full circle, and Star Wars is officially a primarily in-camera franchise once again. Which is nice.

So, does that mean we can stop being mean to George Lucas, then? Or does the whole "nuking Indiana Jones in a fridge" thing still have some time to serve?

What do you think Is it time to give George Lucas a break? Let us know below!

(Sources: Star Wars News Net)

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