This might come as a blow to obsessive Star Wars nerds who have been complaining about all of George Lucas‘s digital tinkering with the original trilogy — and who are still recovering from the whole prequels thing, which mesa — and probably yousa — thinks is just … awful. But George Lucas doesn’t really care what the critics say. He probably doesn’t even know what they say because he doesn’t use the Internet. The man who gave the world the technological marvel of THX Sound tells the Washington Post that he has no use for that new-fangled Interweb, and hasn’t used it in any form since 2000.
He has surrendered all rights to the Star Wars franchise, having sold it off to Disney (a process he compares to a divorce). But he still defends his decision to remaster the original films, including infamously making Greedo shoot first. If you’re old enough to have seen the 1977 film, you know that Han Solo dispassionately shoots the bounty hunter. Lucas later altered the scene because he didn’t want Han to be “a cold-blooded killer … I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.” Obviously Lucas wasn’t paying attention when he saw Wayne play a pretty cold-blooded killer inThe Searchers, even though Lucas ended up borrowing from the iconic western.