It’s almost Return of the Jedi‘s 30th birthday (May 25!) which means we’re all old and Yoda is really old. Just kidding, we’ve got the Force on our side, should we choose to accept it, or something. (Different movie franchise?)
As the third film in the original Star Wars trilogy reaches its third decade young, the Huffington Post has an exclusive excerpt of J.W. Rinzler’s “The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” in anticipation of the nerdtacular that will be the release of the book come October.
We found particular interest in George Lucas’s comparison of the Force to Yoga, (Yoga not Yoda, no typos) whereas anybody can do it, but only those who take the time to learn the discipline can really use it (so not that the Force is Yoga, though we know many of you have your theories!). Check it out.
From “Revenge of the Jedi” Story Conference Transcript, July 13 to July 17, 1981 with series creator George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian.
Kasdan: The Force was available to anyone who could hook into it?
Lucas: Yes, everybody can do it.
Kasdan: Not just the Jedi?
Lucas: It’s just the Jedi who take the time to do it.
Marquand: They use it as a technique.
Lucas: Like yoga. If you want to take the time to do it, you can do it; but the ones that really want to do it are the ones who are into that kind of thing. Also like karate. Also another misconception is that Yoda teaches Jedi, but he is like a guru; he doesn’t go out and fight anybody.
That may help explain some of the fun Star Wars quotes like:
“It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
“The Force will be with you, always.”
“Don’t step on my yoga mat, I’ll bring the Force.”
and others. Pardon, we were more Spaceballs dorks.
You can read the whole excerpt here. May the Schwartz be with you!