George Lucas, the father of Star Wars and the founder of Lucasfilm, is a man of simple tastes. Even for a conversation with Stephen Colbert at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in front of an audience of hundreds of people, he still dons his same old grandpa jeans and white sneakers. But at least the plaid button-down shirt he wore was a new purchase. When you have enough money to, as he says, waste on making experimental films that no one will ever see, sometimes a change of wardrobe is in order.

A line of fans circling the block awaited this highly anticipated chat between the Star Wars icon and the king of late-night comedy. Mind you, this was a day after the second Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer debuted at Star Wars Celebration and Colbert is prepping for his transition from The Colbert Report to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The funny man even stroked his newly crafted grey beard as he sat opposite Lucas on stage at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. There were laughs, there were sympathetic sighs, and, yes, there were some chats about the genesis and making-of process for Star Wars. We were on hand to soak up all the details, as Lucas told his life story. Just in case you aren’t as well-versed in the biographical details of Lucas’ life, here are some things you might not know about one of the most widely praised filmmakers of all time.

1. George Lucas Almost Died In a Severe Car Accident
By all accounts, Lucas should not be alive today. He shouldn’t be sitting opposite Colbert and reflecting on his life as a filmmaker, because he endured a massive car accident that could have easily ended the man’s life as he entered adulthood. Lucas was 18 years old at the time, and he was obsessed with car racing. He didn’t want to become a filmmaker until he entered his 20s, and his previous life was filled with obsessing over the sport with likeminded friends. However, one moment in his young life changed the course of his life forever. As he reflected to Colbert, he was racing home after spending the day writing his term paper. It was already a week overdue and he was weeks before graduating. As he turned onto a gravely driveway, a car speeding at 90 miles per hour slammed into his car. "Maybe this isn’t the career path for me. Maybe there was a reason I was saved," he asked himself at the time. So he went back to school and decided to pursue social sciences. That, obviously, didn’t last and he soon branched off into filmmaking, taking internships with studios. How'd that work out for him?

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