What does "explicitly" stated mean? Is that a direct quote from Lucas? Or is it someone else's characterization of the situation from their perspective? And how do we know this? Who and what are the sources? Specifically. Because I've never heard Kershner mention anything of the sort. Only Kurtz. Except there's no good evidence Lucas ever said that. So stop repeating it as if it's a quote from Lucas. It's dishonest. He didn't want his director to have to worry about the production problems because, for obvious reasons, Lucas feels very strongly about supporting directors. However, it was clear that Kurtz wasn't giving Kershner the logistical or consular support that he needed. Lucas rectified this by coming in, replacing Kurtz with someone more competent, and giving Kersh advice that helped speed up the process without meaningfully impinging on his autonomy. Anyway, are you going to admit fault for passing off a second-hand Gary Kurtz paraphrase as a direct quote from Lucas? If so, I will gladly accept that it was inadvertent, which I can understand. If not, I see no point in continuing this discussion with someone so willing to lie and obfuscate with no compunction in order to support an untenable narrative.