There are not too many people in the movie industry who are as equally loved and derided as George Lucas. As an up-and-coming filmmaker, George Lucas was part of the American New Wave (aka New Hollywood) that burst out during the late 1960s and 70s, which also included contemporaries such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. While attending the University of Southern California (USC), George Lucas became fascinated with the form of cinema itself and worked on numerous short films that were extremely experimental. Many of these films lacked story or character and instead focused on visuals and creating pure emotions with the form. It was a far cry from the endless merchandising of movie memorabilia that he is partially known for today.
After graduating from USC, he made two excellent films: THX 1138 (a futuristic science fiction movie) and American Graffiti (a coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s). These works came from a man who was young, hungry, and full of energy. Then came the career-defining movie in the form of Star Wars. This movie changed the idea of what a Hollywood blockbuster could be and spawned one of the biggest cult followings in the world. From there, things seemed to go downhill.
In contemporary times, George Lucas has gained the reputation of being a money-hungry man who has completely lost touch with his former self. While the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) is still highly regarded, many think George Lucas has undone his legacy by creating a prequel trilogy of Star Wars Episodes I-III. Over the years, George has made some very curious decisions that have puzzled and angered fans - to the point that a documentary titled The People vs. George Lucas was produced. Lets take a look at some of these highly questionable actions George Lucas has made in his lifetime.