George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars movies and writer/producer of the Indiana Jones film franchise, has hailed Barack Obama as “a hero in the making,” declaring that Obama, “for all of us that have dreams and hope, is a hero.” A Wednesday Agence France-Presse (AFP) dispatch headlined, really, “The force is with Obama, 'Star Wars' creator says,” reported:
George Lucas has created legendary film heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, but the US director says that in real life, his hero is Barack Obama. Lucas was in Japan on Wednesday to promote his latest film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as Obama clinched the Democratic Party's nomination for President.
"We have a hero in the making back in the United States today because we have a new candidate for President of the United States, Barack Obama," Lucas said when asked who his childhood heroes were.
Obama, "for all of us that have dreams and hope, is a hero," Lucas said.
I haven't found any coverage of the Lucas remarks in Japan beyond the short AFP item which James Taranto highlighted Thursday in his Best of the Web Today compilation for the Wall Street Journal's online site.
The Internet Move Database's page on the career of Lucas.