George Lucas is often considered the father of the modern science fiction trilogy, and for obviously very good reasons -- his "Star Wars" franchise revolutionized not just sci-fi, but the entire film industry when it hit theaters for the very first time in 1977.
But as great as he is and as much as he inspires us, sometimes it feels like deep down, George Lucas is just a friendly man who wants to read the paper in his slippers -- which makes him even more dad-like in our eyes. In honor of his birthday today, let's celebrate all the things George Lucas has said over the years in interviews that either reminded us of our own dads, or kind of made us want to get adopted by him.
George Lucas doesn't get the Internet.Getty Images
"Even though 10 years ago I was involved in all of it, I would never guess that people would sit in front of a video screen all day long watching cats do stupid things." Lucas said this at his Sundance Q+A back in January. Kids these days, am I right?
George Lucas is crushingly realistic about success in the entertainment industry.Getty Images
"Artists don't make money. If you really want to make money you shouldn't be here. You should be painting," Lucas also joked at Sundance this year. "You can do one of those paintings, mostly a white canvas or whatever, and make $50 million. We don't make $50 million on a movie."
George Lucas does not have a favorite child -- um, movie.Getty Images
Ever the diplomatic dad (a dadplomat, if you will), George Lucas had a hard time picking a favorite "Star Wars Movie" when MTV News asked him during a "Strange Magic" junket. “It’s like my children,” he said. “I can’t pick a favorite. They’re all different in their own special little ways.”
George Lucas is all about giant entertainment systems.Getty Images
"I am a giant proponent of giant screens. But I accept the fact that most of my movies are going to be seen on phones," he told Time Magazine way back in 2006. "Because that's what's going to happen... But if you really love films, and you really want to get the full impact, there's a huge difference between watching something on a small screen with a mediocre sound system and watching it on a giant screen in a giant theater with a huge beautiful sound system. I mean the difference is electric."
George Lucas really wants kids to think outside the box.Getty Images
"[Star Wars] was designed to allow young people to think outside the box." he told The Boston Globe in an interview about a "Star Wars" themed exhibit Boston Museum of Science that had recently opened. ""It was designed for 12-year-olds, adolescents, kids who were starting to think outside the box anyway, as a way of saying, 'Let your fantasies run free, because this is the time to do it.' That was one of the original purposes of 'Star Wars.'"
George Lucas just wants to have some fun.Getty Images
When MTV News asked Lucas why he created "Strange Magic" after technically having retired from theatrical filmmaking, he replied, “I just wanted to have fun. I wanted to make a movie that I enjoyed making.” Basically it was the billionaire movie maker version of hanging out and doing a crossword puzzle.
George Lucas doesn't know what's going on in "Star Wars" anymore.Getty Images
New movies? As is the case with ll dads, he barely even knows that they're happening. “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet," he told Page Six of the new franchise. When asked if he was curious how J.J. Abrams is treating the franchise, he then replied, “Not really.” But he'll probably go see it anyway, let's be real.
George Lucas also doesn't care about fashion.Getty Images
"I only have one pair of Levis, one pair of sneakers -- those have been with me since high school." Yup, this quote from his Tribeca talk with Stephen Colbert is basically the dad-est thing George has ever said. What dad hasn't worn the same pair of sneakers since the dawn of time? None of them, that's who.
George Lucas believes in your special talent as a person.Getty Images
Luxas dispensed some real words of wisdom when he was inducted into the Academy of Achievement around 1989: "Everybody has talent and it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is. A talent is a combination of something you love a great deal and something you can lose yourself in -- something that you can start at 9 o'clock, look up from your work and it's 10 o'clock at night -- and also something that you have a talent, not a talent for, but skills that you have a natural ability to do very well. And usually those two things go together." THANKS, DAD.