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Saga Irvin Kershner Says Nice Things About George Lucas

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by Sword_Of_Goliath, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Sword_Of_Goliath Jedi Master

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    Sep 22, 2010
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    From the ESB 30th Anniversary screening:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2010/10/irvin-kershner

    I'm posting this 'cause people love to cherry-pick comments from everyone/anyone who worked on the OT that seem to criticize Lucas.

    "George was the best producer I ever worked with."
    ~ Irvin Kershner.
  2. G-FETT Chosen One

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    Aug 10, 2001
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    Irvin was always extremely vocal in his support for George Lucas. It was a bond that went a long way.

    Of course George was very protetive of his director when they ran into trouble with the Screen Actors Guild over the ESB, paying his fines, etc... And Irvin was very appreciative that George allowed him ownership of the movie. He didn't upstage him at the world premiers and in fact insisted Kershner took the limelight when the film was unveiled.

    Its a shame Lucas and Kurtz couldn't have remained as friendly as Lucas and Kersh did, but I suppose the differance is that Kersh walked away on his own terms and on good terms with Lucas, where-as Kurtz's association with Lucas ended much more painfully for both of them. :(
  3. CuppaJoe Force Ghost

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    Aug 24, 2002
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    Kersh even thought the SE was an improvement over the theatrical cut. Mentioned on either the DVD commentary or the Blu-Ray archival commentary.
  4. StarWarrior92 Jedi Master

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    Jul 7, 2011
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    Yup. I even remember Kersh saying something like that at Celebration IV.
  5. Mond Jedi Grand Master

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    Nov 21, 2009
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    Obviously Lucasfilm bribed him to say those nice things. :rolleyes:

    Did anyone here run into people using Kershner's death as an opportunity trash Lucas? I saw that in most of the discussions of his death I read online. It was incredibly, mind-blowingly disgusting and pathetic.
  6. Chewgumma Chosen One

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    Apr 14, 2009
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    I for one never used Kershner's death to critisise Lucas. It was a sad occasion that I would never have used to bash on someone.

    And from what I understand Kershner never had a problem with Lucas. He may have been critical of some of Lucas' work and would have said how he would have done things differently (His rather vocal opinion on prequel Yoda leaps to mind here.) but I don't think he ever actively set out to trash Lucas. If he didn't like something he brought it up in a classy way, something a lot of people can aspire to.

    And as the link proves he has very nice things to say about the man himself.
  7. BoromirsFan Jedi Grand Master

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    May 16, 2010
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    what did he say about PT yoda?
  8. Mond Jedi Grand Master

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    Nov 21, 2009
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    An even dumber misconception is the belief that Kershner "banned Lucas from the set" of The Empire Strikes Back. You guys ever hear that gem? That one's so goofy it defies belief.

    BTW, in light of the various comments by Kershner alluded to in this thread, why is Kershner described as having heroically "stole the movie away from Lucas" (sic) in The Secret History of Star Wars?
  9. BoromirsFan Jedi Grand Master

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    May 16, 2010
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    I remember in "Empire of Dreams" Kershner said Lucas wanted him to go to the premiere instead of Lucas going. He said to Kershner "Its your movie."

    I think that says it all. I see no reason to believer Kershner would blatantly lie to cameras.
  10. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    Jun 28, 2001
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    Because those critical of Lucas feel that the movie was better once Kershner made the changes in the script during and after filming and that it is less Lucas and more Kershner is a positive.
  11. drg4 Force Ghost

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    Jul 30, 2005
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    My appraisal of Kershner: A gracious, good-humored man who crafted one masterpiece (TESB), a handful of fairly absorbing character studies, several entirely forgettable character studies, and two turgid genre entries infinitely worse than Lucas's most incompetently-staged scene in Attack of the Clones.