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Last Updated: Tuesday May 17 2005 15:33 GMT

The circle is complete...

George Lucas
"It was originally one movie. But I broke it into three because I didn't have the money to make a five-hour film."

That might seem a bit of an odd thing for someone to say at the end of a thirty-year, six-film, world changing space saga, but George Lucas, Star Wars head honcho, originally thought small.

"I just wanted to tell the tragedy of Darth Vader. I'd written a back story about all the characters, but I didn't intend to make them as movies," he goes on.

But then he conquered the world with Episodes IV, V and VI, and changed his mind.

"After 10 years, I realised the tragedy had been lost - I wanted to tell the full story, and finally the technology existed to let me do it," Lucas explains, having finished Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the sixth and final film.

He's not the only one who didn't see how Star Wars was set to control his destiny, as C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels wasn't that bothered to begin with.

C-3PO
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
"Star Wars was just a 12 week gig, and that was it," he says, the only person with a speaking part in all six films.

"I didn't want to play a robot. Can you imagine how I would have felt if I'd turned it down? The force was with me!"

But how was it for newcomer Hayden Christensen, stepping into the biggest, baddest, blackest boots in the galaxy: Darth Vader's?

"It's daunting," he said. "You try to disregard the tension, but there are big scenes. You go into those knowing you've got to deliver."

But surely there are plus sides to being the nastiest man in the galaxy?

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Hayden Christensen
Fear and awe

"The best thing was watching people react. There was fear and awe there. Their eyes would light up, and then they'd dip their heads in respect."

So what now for George Lucas? Will he come back down to earth? Not quite yet, it seems.

The Star Wars universe isn't closed yet, as he's planning a huge 100-part TV series, about the minor characters in the films.

But his next big screen outing will be Red Tails, the story of Native American pilots in World War Two.

"I've been working on it for 15 years. Now I'm going to focus on it, along with the next Indiana Jones."

What's that, another film about the whip-cracking archaeologist adventurer, played by Star Wars veteran Harrison Ford?

"We star shooting that next year, as long as we like the script."

Looks like Lucas hasn't given up the magic yet...



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