Comingsoon.net caught up with George Lucas at the American Cinematheque awards banquet and got the chance to ask him a few questions. See the excerpt below and click here to check out the full interview.
CS: "You're here in L.A. to pay tribute to Samuel L. Jackson. Of all the actors in Hollywood who would've killed to lobby you for a part in the "Star Wars" prequels, why was Sam an actor that you felt fit your plans enough to bring into "Star Wars"?"
Lucas: "To be honest, he's the only one who asked, actually. He didn't really lobby for it. He was on a talk show and someone asked him what movie he would've liked to be in or that he would like to be in that he hadn't been in and he said "Star Wars." So I called him up and said "Is that true? Do you really want to be in 'Star Wars'?" He said "Yeah - as long as I'm a Jedi," and I said "Well, I have a little tiny role, but it grows if you're willing to do the three movies." He said "I'm in." It was just like that. He didn't look at it like "This is a chance to make a whole bunch of money, a chance to do a big thing." He just did what was asked of him and tried to make it as good as he possibly could."