Normally I’d dismiss a story like this as celebrity gossip, and not worth covering here in our movies section. Except, well, maybe it explains a lot about what George Lucas has done to the Star Wars franchise over the years. See, it seems he believes the world is about to end.

WENN interviewed Seth Rogen recently and claims that he told them of an encounter he had with George Lucas, in which George spent half an hour telling him that the world will end in the year 2012. Yes, just like the Roland Emmerich movie. Rogen explains, “George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it… He’s going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, ’My nerdy friend won’t shut up, I’m sorry...”

Maybe Lucas was kidding right? I mean, anybody who wears that much flannel has to be secretly hilarious, don’t they? Rogen doesn’t think so. He continues, “I first thought he (Lucas) was joking... and then I totally realized he was serious.”

Of course there’s always the chance that Seth is the one doing the joking, I mean, this just sounds to bizarre too be real. But let’s assume for a moment that George Lucas does think the world will end in the year 2012. Maybe he’s even felt that way for years. That means he doesn’t have to worry about his legacy, because he doesn’t have one. That means George Lucas has a short term view of life, Hollywood, and the work he does in it. That means he has a live for now mentality in which he’s out to make as much money as possible right now, and who cares whether or not people respect him for it because in the end, we’re all going to be dead in a couple of years. Maybe you totally ruin your masterwork in the name of making a buck, if you think the world’s about to end. Maybe this explains Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? I can’t think of anything else which does.

Maybe he even has a use for all this money. I mean if you knew the world was going to end, you’d want an escape plan right? And an escape plan like that is going to cost a fortune. Seth seems to think that’s what’s going on anyway. He jokes, “If you’re George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there’s no way you haven’t built a spaceship for yourself... So I asked him... ’Can I have a seat on it?’… He claimed he didn’t have a spaceship, but there’s no doubt there’s a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go... It’s gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I’ll be blown up like the rest of us.”

UPDATE! George Lucas's reps, as you'd expect, deny that he believes the world will end in 2012. They tell Wired: "He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth."

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