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George Lucas talks leaving Star Wars, Jar Jar Binks and The Force Awakens

George Lucas has opened up about why he stepped away from the Star Wars franchise and what he hopes to see J.J. Abrams accomplish with the upcoming Force Awakens.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Lucas said that after pouring his heart into a movie and having it destroyed by critics, he stopped finding the process as fun.

"You can't experiment," Lucas says in the video. "You have to do it a certain way. I don't like that, I never did. I started out making experimental film and I want to go back to experimental films."

Lucas added that he has plans to direct more movies in the future, but quipped that they won't be movies that "will be shown anywhere."

Despite talking about the harsh criticism he received for the three prequel editions of the Star Wars franchise, Lucas managed to keep the tone of the video pretty light overall.

At one point, Lucas is asked which Star Wars character he would be if given the option. The director responds that although he loves all the characters found within the franchise, he had to go with Jar Jar Binks.

Lucas did talk briefly about Abrams' upcoming installment, The Force Awakens, and said that he wanted to know what happened to Darth Vader's grandchildren (a question used to fluster Abrams in an earlier interview about possible untold secrets) and he was curious to see what Abrams' decided to do with the Force.

Those questions may finally be answered when the film is released on Dec. 18.

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