George Lucas is Giving The $4.05 Billion From Disney To Charity. I’m Sorry, What?

November 1st, 2012 // 37 Comments
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“And then I say, ‘My plan, Mr. Bond?’ and then you make the words pop up behind me. Okay, quick, here he comes.”

On Tuesday, every nerd on the Internet found himself with a curious erection after George Lucas announced that he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion who then announced they’re releasing a new Star Wars movie in 2015 which is apparently still about Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia if the heads up Lucas gave Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher is any indication. Anyway, the biggest joke was what the hell does George Lucas need $4.05 billion for? Except now we all get to feel like dicks because it turns out he’s going to use it all to fund educational charities. Whoops. Via The Hollywood Reporter:

“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

Apparently while no one was looking, George Lucas made some sort of Giving Pledge in 2010 to improve education in America or else we’re all going to die in a CGI lava pit, is how I assume he put it:

“I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children.”

“And now for an adorable clip from The Phantom Menace where an alien space camel farts in the face of Jar Jar Binks, a horribly racist character I came up with to shill more action figures because children are our future. Meesa love this part!” Yup, this guy’s gonna save humanity good. I feel better already.

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  1. As much as I want to punch him in the nads (repeatedly) for atrocities like Jar Jar, this is a very noble gesture on his part.

  2. Adrianne Curry Imperial Officer Star Wars
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    Historians claim Spartans soldiers were gay so no luck here Famewhore and Kubrick would be spinning in his grave !

  3. The Royal Penis

    Jar Jar was a racist charcter?

    lol…ok

    • Jimmy

      If you don’t see the racism that means you are a racist. Sorry.

      • brian

        I nominate this for the dumbest comment of the day.

      • The Royal Penis

        You’re the type of guy that probably sees “racism” around every corner.

        Personally, I think Obama’s getting re-elected…but if that doesn’t happen I’m sure you’ll be the first to shout “racism” instead of saying “Yea, well his term did kinda suck”.

      • brian

        I nominate this for comment of the day.

  4. *flamebait*

    Honestly, I never really cared for Star Wars.

    • Mumra

      Hey, I never saw the last three movies – or since they were technically prequels, the first three movies. I’ve never seen any of the “enhanced versions” with the extra 18 seconds of film or the extra character cgi’ed into the sceen.

      And I’ve lived to the age of 62. Will wonders never cease.

  5. Cock Dr

    That’s a LOT of money.
    But is it enough? Is it enough to atone for Jar Jar Binks? Even if it was new debt was piled on with the release of that “Disney characters dressed as the Star Wars original gang” photo. Lucas should have held out for five.

  6. Why would you not finance a Death Star?

  7. Does “majority of my wealth” mean $4.05B? I think the headline needs an edit.

  8. blargh

    Wattle Wattle Wattle

  9. George Lucas raped my shitty public education. (Doesn’t everything Lucas does in some way retroactively affect our collective childhood?)

  10. Blinky

    So I think this proves rumors that he does believe the world will end it 2012.

  11. Drew

    Unfortunately, no amount of money could ever made the American education system any better.

  12. Meh. Why, that goiter alone is probably worth 7 billion if preserved properly.

  13. Adrianne Curry Imperial Officer Star Wars
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    She looks much better smiling.

  14. Ripley's Believe It Or Not

    I don’t think anyone would blame him for holding back 1.05 billion to take care of that Big Mac-sized chin.

  15. El Jefe

    Pretty hard to say anything negative about a man giving away a crap ton of money to help others, so hats off to you Mr. Lucas.

  16. jkh

    And so you see, after having raped your childhoods, I’m now going to let a giant rat with perma-grin tagteam in on the fun. And just to show you people how much spite Neckpouch has for you people, I’m going to do it all for free, just to watch the chaos ensue. Neckpouch wins again!

  17. Mateo

    Lucas gets a lot of shit but that is pretty awesome.

  18. Bronson Pinchot's Hair

    How about you devote more time and resources to getting rid of that “gobble-gobble neck?.”

  19. EDDIE HITLER

    Lucas has spent his entire CAREER telling everyone, hollywood included, and especially the fans, to “fuck off, I’m doing this my way whether you like it or not.”

    And in the end he still manages to make ALL of his critics look like complete assholes! For years everyone has been saying “Lucas is a greedy asshat, he’s in it for the money.” And once again George Lucas says “Fuck you, I’m giving it ALL to charity.”

    Well played, Mr. Lucas. Well played indeed.

  20. The movies are goddamn westerns set in space. Nobody raped anything. Good lord people, get some fucking perspective on life.

  21. ofcourse

    he sold it to get out of next year’s giant tax hike. he gave it to charity b/c he’d rather choose where his proceeds went than let the government fritter it away

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