George Lucas, political pundit?
The “Star Wars” creator took some heat when his “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” was seen by some conservatives as an all-too-obvious commentary on contempo politics.
Pic’s plot had an evil leader using fear of a mysterious enemy to wrangle dictatorial powers from the Senate. The hero is corrupted, the Republic collapses into tyranny and evil triumphs.
The film bowed more than a year before Congress moved to give President Bush authority to deny habeas corpus rights for non-citizens and to authorize some forms of torture.
“Some people have said ‘Revenge of the Sith’ is coming true. I say I didn’t mean to make this all happen.” Lucas quipped following a grant presentation to his alma mater USC last week.
“When I wrote it 30 years ago, it was contemporary. It was about the Vietnam War, it was about Nixon, it was about the government the way it was then.
“Then when I made the (new ‘Star Wars’) films over the last 10 years, it was very contemporary, even though it was 20 years old.
“Now that I’ve finished them, and they’re gone, they’re even getting more relevant. It’s just getting worse and worse, I’m afraid.”
But those upset by such political trends should take heart, he says.
“You’ve got to remember that the rebels win in the end. Darth Vader is vanquished. Don’t forget the ending. Don’t get stuck on ‘Episode III.’ “