Those of you who only see the Star Wars fans playing dress-up at premieres and conventions are only seeing one half of the story. A whole generation has grown up, but while they still remain loyal they have a few beefs with the man responsible for framing their childhood. Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary, The People vs. George Lucas, takes a look at the fans behind the masks and why they are so angry. Before the film has its world premiere at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, Alexandre answered a few questions for this loyalist over the years.
Cinematical: What was the straw-that-broke-the-camel's-back moment that inspired the genesis of this project?
PHILIPPE: I first had the idea of making this film approximately five years ago, but it really came to life during the summer of 2007 while we were in Texas working on several other projects with our crew. Robert Muratore (our Director of Photography and one of our Producers) seemed really enthusiastic about making it, and he's the one who convinced me to move forward with it.
The concept was a no-brainer. Put two Star Wars fans in a room together, and they'll start arguing about the Special Editions, the prequels, who shot first, whether or not George Lucas owes them a DVD release of the restored Original Trilogy... they'll even talk about Indy 4, Howard the Duck, you name it! Fans love to debate and vent about George Lucas. Here's a fun little experiment, which I first attempted when we were developing our film, and tried again today. I just Googled "I hate Gene Roddenberry", and got 61 hits. Then, I Googled "I hate George Lucas", and 112,000 hits came up!