Watch David Lynch Explain His Reasoning for Turning Down the Return of the Jedi Director's Chair

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Recently, the superb and definitely-worth-a-bookmark web-lecture series posted a video of David Lynch speaking at the Hudson Union Society. In between waxing poetic about how he likes to use meditation to help troubled and disadvantaged youths, and how Blue Velvet was inspired by a dumpster dive, Lynch let slip this little gem: He was originally George Lucas’ top pick for directing the third Star Wars flick, Return of the Jedi.

Return of the Jedi certainly would have been a very different movie if Lynch had directed, though it’s hard to tell if that’s because of Lynch’s own surreal style of cinematography, or because Jedi was so damn silly. Then again, Lynch has been known for making a cheesy sci-fi movie in his time, so maybe the only real difference between Lucas and he is the number of zeroes at the end of their bank accounts. Not that Lynch seems to be too worried about that.

Notable quotables from the video include:

1. “Now, right about in this time, I started getting a little bit of a headache. You know what I’m talking about. [laughs] So he took me upstairs, and he showed me these things called Wookiees. And now, this headache is getting stronger.”

2. “I had next door to zero interest, but I always admired George.”

3. “George is a guy that does what he loves, and I do what I love. The difference is, what George loves makes hundreds of billions of dollars.”