Stephen Colbert Seeks Redemption After Embarrassing Himself in Front of George Lucas

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"For the next five minutes, I’m just sitting there waiting for the cameras to go off so I could say, ‘I know they’re called lightsabers.' "

Late Show host Stephen Colbert is still reeling from a back-and-forth he had with George Lucas years ago.

During his monologue Monday night, Colbert, who prides himself on being a Star Wars superfan, talked about the recently released international Force Awakens trailer before going into a story about Lucas appearing on his former Comedy Central show.

Colbert said he made a fool of himself, but it wasn't his fault.

"Before Lucas’ appearance on my old show, his people at Industrial Light & Magic warned me that George does not call them lightsabers, he calls them 'laser swords,' " said Colbert. “So during the commercial break, I turned to George, and I said, ‘Would you like to have a laser-sword fight?’ He said, ‘Sure.’ So I’m feeling pretty good about myself  until the second before we came back on the air. George leans in and goes, 'You should know: Most people call them lightsabers.' "

Colbert never has gotten over the correction, he said.

“For the next five minutes, I’m just sitting there waiting for the cameras to go off so I could say, ‘I know they’re called lightsabers. I was just calling them laser swords because that’s what you called them in your first draft of the original script, when it was called The Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars, because I’m your biggest fan. Please take me back to Tatooine with you.' "

Lucas left before Colbert got a chance to talk to him about the word choice, so on Monday, the comedian used his show to send the Star Wars creator a message.

A request for comment from Lucas was not immediately returned.

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