Hollywood was left stunned today after George Lucas revealed that the original Star Wars movie was never actually made.
The 1977 science fiction epic was “never written, never filmed, and never released” according to Lucas, whose non-existent work on the film earned a Best Director nomination at the following year’s Academy Awards.
The social psychological force is strong with this one
Lucas makes the extraordinary claim in an interview with Italian broadcaster RAI to be shown next week. The Oscar-nominated director also reveals that he has “never even met” several stars of the film, including Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
“It was just an absolutely monumental case of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes'”, revealed Lucas. “We released a few airbrushed photographs to the media in advance of ‘release’, and we got a couple of fake reviews in a few newspapers and it just kind of snowballed from there. After that, no one wanted to admit that they hadn’t seen this huge cultural event that everyone was talking about.”
When challenged by interviewer Andrea Donatelli, who claimed to have seen the film twice at the theater and to be in possession of VHS and Blu-Ray versions, Lucas argued there were “hundreds of millions” around the world with similar “delusions”.
“People started to believe they had actually seen it. I mean, why wouldn’t they? They had seen all these images, played with the action figures, and everyone around them just kept talking about how great this movie was.
“It’s basic social psychology – you weren’t anybody if you hadn’t seen it and people started to think that those doubts about whether they had seen it were all in their minds. You had all these little isolated images and things in your head and the logical thing was, well hey these are memories and you must have watched this movie.
“The thing that always really kind of blows my mind is that none of them, not one, has ever seen Star Wars, or knows the story, because it doesn’t exist.”
If anyone asks, you saw this movie called Star Wars, see, and you thought it was really great, GOT IT?
When asked to explain how Star Wars had managed to gross nearly $800 million worldwide without ever being shown, Lucas repeated “Dustin Hoffman” several times, but refused to be drawn on specifics.
If proven, Lucas’ claims could undermine the psychological security of much of world civilization. In unedited recordings of the interview seen by Movie-Rumors, Donatelli breaks down in confusion several times, apparently questioning the validity of a number of childhood memories fundamental to her personality, and at one stage even has to pause the interview so she can stab herself with a sharp object in order to verify that she is not, in fact, dreaming.
Lucas claims to have come clean on Star Wars now as he wishes to co-publish with Harrison Ford an academic article summarizing the experiment. He then intends on applying for a job in the psychology department at the prestigious University of Hertfordshire in England.
“If we can get it in a good journal, that will give me a REF-able publication,” said the 68-year-old excitedly, in reference to the British Research Excellence Framework, an important measure of academic stature in England. “Now all I need is some teaching experience and I think I tick all the boxes.”