Despite being forever linked with a sci-fi saga that changed the world, George Lucas isn't known for his public appearances or autograph signings, choosing to spend his retirement focusing more on his family and friends. When autograph hounds, who merely obtain autographs for the sake of selling them, discovered where Lucas had been having dinner, the filmmaker obliged their requests as he tried to make his way to his vehicle. Knowing exactly what they were after, however, Lucas had no problem sharing his feelings about the money-making scheme.
While TMZ was attempting to ask Lucas questions about the status of the Han Solo film, Lucas clearly grew perturbed while being inundated with autograph requests.
After one individual asked for one autograph too many, Lucas proclaimed, "I'm not going to keep doing that, guys. This is $200 a signature so why don't you just go out and get a job."
He then addressed the cameras as to the situation, explaining, "These people are here to make money, they're not fans, they just wanna make money."
The mild-mannered Lucas managed to keep his cool, despite being uncharacteristically agitated, confessing, "He just got a thousand dollars worth of stuff, if he wants."
Prior to the interruptions, he answered a few other questions related to Star Wars in his much more calm and collected demeanor. When asked about the choice of Ron Howard to direct the final few weeks of the Han Solo film, Lucas claimed, "I think he'll be great." When that response was followed up with a question about whether or not Lucas had advice for Howard, he glibly said, "Nope. Not my job."
Earlier this afternoon, the Los Angeles City Council was holding a vote on whether or not they would allow Lucasfilm to move forward with a planned museum, so when asked for a comment about the situation, Lucas merely said, "Well, if we get it, it will be great."
Before departing for the evening, Lucas was asked about Mark Hamill receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to which Lucas replied, "I think that's fine."
After having sold Lucasfilm to Disney and granting them the keys to his castle, Lucas has pursued far more philanthropic endeavors, leaving the galaxy he created far, far behind. Sadly, it's interactions like the one seen above that most likely cause the filmmaker to distance himself from the franchise he birthed.