Beck went on a two-segment rant Monday against Lucas during his radio show, heard by some 8 million people daily, where he joked that the filmmaker deserves prison time for his portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen in Red Tails. And because at least three of the Star Wars movies stunk and Lucas has been making them worse with each re-release.
Lucas took the gun out of the hand of Han Solo “and replaced it with flowers, I don’t know what,” he said, referencing the “Han shot first” controversy. Then he added: “Next version, why don’t you replace it with good acting.”
“Here’s an idea,” Beck said, “why don’t the people at your little ranch, why don’t they use all the CGI to make you go away — with all your influence. You’re wrecking good movies.
“I don’t know how he does it,” Beck said. “Is that the Industrial Light and Magic you’re always talking about, George? You can take somebody like Natalie Portman and all of a sudden she’s awful on screen? Awful!”
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Beck said he saw the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace over the weekend, and was stunned at how irritating Jake Lloyd was as a young Anakin Skywalker.
“He could have gotten any kid – any kid – Jesus. Jesus could have been teaching at the temple, on the stairs, and they could have said, ‘Hang on, we’ve been looking for you because George Lucas wants you to play Anakin Skywalker,’ and Jesus would have said yes to that. Who does he get? He gets the worst actor on the planet.”
“This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life,” Beck said.
On Red Tails, Beck said: “We can’t get past the George Lucas conversation here in the studio. I would like him at least tried for movie crimes. I’m not going for the death penalty, but you could talk me into it.”
“I can’t get past it,” Beck said. “I saw Red Tails, which is one of the best stories, and I think all of the Tuskegee Airmen should come back and just riddle his compound.”