George Lucas says handing over Star Wars to Disney was like going through a break-up

"When you break up with somebody, first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don't go over to their house and drive by to see what they're doing..."

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When Disney bought George Lucas’s company LucasFilm in 2012 for £2.5bn, it may have been a positive financial move for the Star Wars creator – but it wasn’t so great for Lucas’s emotions.

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In an interview with Vulture, Lucas compares his handing over of Star Wars to a break-up with an ex, saying that, just as with an old flame, he forced himself to keep a distance from The Force Awakens – and it sounds like it was very tricky indeed. Well, we’ve all been there…

“And it really does come down to a really simple rule of life, which is when you break up with somebody, first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing. The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop … you just say, Nope, gone, history. I’m moving forward. We all learn this from experience: Every time you do something like that, you’re opening the wound again, and it just makes it harder for you. You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very hard thing to do. But you have to just cut it off and say Okay, end of ball game, I got to move on. And everything in your body says, Don’t, you can’t.”

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That is truly out-of-this-world break-up advice, right there. Forget Star Wars, we want Lucas by our side next time a relationship turns sour…