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>The Huffington Post got an exclusive look at J.W. Rinzler‘s book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and chose a very interesting excerpt to run. It’s of a “story conference” in July 1981 between George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian
>Lucas: Anakin Skywalker starting hanging out with the Emperor, who at this point nobody knew was that bad, because he was an elected official.
>Kasdan: Was he a Jedi?
>Lucas: No, he was a politician. Richard M. Nixon was his name. He subverted the senate and finally took over and became an imperial guy and he was really evil. But he pretended to be a really nice guy. He sucked Luke’s father into the dark side.
>Kasdan: The Force was available to anyone who could hook into it?
>Lucas: Yes, everybody can do it.
>Kasdan: Not just the Jedi?
>Lucas: It’s just the Jedi who take the time to do it.
>Marquand: They use it as a technique.
>Lucas: Like yoga. If you want to take the time to do it, you can do it; but the ones that really want to do it are the ones who are into that kind of thing. Also like karate. Also another misconception is that Yoda teaches Jedi, but he is like a guru; he doesn’t go out and fight anybody.
>Kasdan: A Jedi Master is a Jedi isn’t he?
>Lucas: Well, he is a teacher, not a real Jedi. Understand that?
>Kasdan: I understand what you’re saying, but I can’t believe it; I am in shock.