George Lucas says making Star Wars was 'painful and unpleasant'

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Dec 16, 2012

George Lucas is going down memory lane and talking about the making of Star Wars. In the process, he's revealed that the Force was not always with him, and how hard, painful and unpleasant the whole experience of making A New Hope has been.

In an exclusive EW clip, in order to promote the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D, Lucas reminisced on the good old days back when he was making the first Star Wars (now episode IV), A New Hope. Turns out they weren't such good days at all.

"I didn't expect the film to be successful at all," Lucas revealed in the interview. "I don't think anybody did."

The man who's recently announced he was retiring from his directing gig revealed more of his thoughts on the birth of one of cinema's most enduring and beloved sci-fi films of all time.

It's probably not something any Star Wars fan really wants to hear, but Lucas is unabashedly honest and candid about the difficulties of creating something that was, back then, unique.

"The first film was really hard," admitted Lucas. "It was painful. It was unpleasant. We never had enough time or enough money, and we were always compromising on everything, and it was a difficult experience all the way around."

To hear more of Lucas' reminiscing, head over to EW and watch the video here.

If this makes you feel Star Wars-deprived and you're ready to give more of your hard-earned money to Lucas, you'll be able to hit a theater on Feb. 10, 2012, to see Phantom Menace in 3D.