August 25th 1977 – Star Wars appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in the form of an attention-grabbing photo shoot featuring Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca! This issue features one of the first in-depth interviews with George Lucas! Lucas speaks about the struggles of getting Star Wars off the ground, storylines he wants to revisit in future films (this is the first time he mentions Vader getting burnt up in the volcanic pit), he also talks about how he would be so happy to go back and redo the special effects since he was so disappointed in them, and so much more. We’ve uploaded all the article pages here so you can read along with our podcast episode.
In one of the first in-depth interviews with George Lucas, he reveals lots of things including his income, things we will eventually see 28 years later in the prequels, why the world needed Star Wars at that time. He goes into the loss of innocence, merchandising, how Star Wars came out of Lucas wanting to do a THX sequel, and more.
After Graffiti, in fact, I was really just dead broke. I was so far in debt to everyone that I made even less money on Graffitti that I had on THX 1138. It was really fortunate that my wife was working as an editor’s assistant. That was the only thing that got us through.George Lucas, Rolling Stone Magazine
After taxes he was making $9000 a year! My how the times have changed.
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