David Lynch's Funny Tale of Meeting George Lucas and Rejecting Return of the Jedi
Posted 12.10.09 by reelz
FORA.tv recently posted an interview with David Lynch at the Hudson Union Society. The 63-year-old creator of Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks took time to talk a little about his experience meeting George Lucas, who offered him the chance to direct Return of the Jedi.
Lynch amused the audience by saying he had "next-door to zero interest" in the project, but he thought he should at least meet with Lucas. He then described the elaborate process of simply getting to Lucas.
It was incredible. I had to go to this building in LA first and get a special credit card, and I had to get special keys; a letter came, and a map.
Finally, after taking a flight and driving a rental car to some building, he met with Lucas in an office.
Now, right about in this time, I started getting a little bit of a headache. He took me upstairs, and he showed me these things called wookies. And now this headache is getting stronger.
The two then jumped into Lucas's Ferrari and went to a restaurant. That's when Lynch's headache turned into a full-blown migraine.
Not that I don't like salad, but that's all they had was salad.
So needless to say, Lynch didn't take the job. He instead went on to direct Dune, which was one of the most disastrous experiences of his career. Thankfully, Blue Velvet came two years later.