Seth Rogen Has A Great Story About George Lucas Involving The Apocalypse And A Spaceship

Lucas apparently thought the world was going to end in 2012 and he refused to allow Rogen on his spaceship (if he even had one).


Actor Seth Rogen has a really good story about Star Wars creator George Lucas involving the apocalypse and a spaceship. He said in a segment from an upcoming episode of the Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend podcast (via EW) that he and his writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg attended a meeting with Steven Spielberg in 2012 and, to their surprise, Lucas also came.

When Spielberg took a call, Rogen and Goldberg struck up some chatter with Lucas. Given it was 2012 and some people believed the world was going to end, the conversation turned toward the possibility of an incoming apocalypse. Lucas mentioned how the world might end that year, and Rogen wondered, "Was he joking?"

Rogen said that Lucas appeared to believe the world was, in fact, going to end. A fault line would open and wipe out humanity, Rogen remembered him claiming. Rogen also mentioned that Lucas said it is no coincidence that Lucas built the Skywalker Ranch on the other side of the fault that was believed to crack open.

Rogen and Goldberg then jokingly asked Lucas if they could hitch a ride on Lucas' spaceship to leave Earth and survive the apocalypse. Without hesitation, Lucas said no. How quickly and emphatically Lucas replied made Rogen believe Lucas was serious, and that he maybe really had a spaceship to escape to another planet.

"'If you have a spaceship to escape earth, can we get a seat on that thing?'" Rogen said he remembers asking Lucas. "He was like, 'No.' Again, it makes me think he wasn't joking, because if you were joking you would just say yes to at least placate us by granting our wish to go on the spaceship. But no, he said no. To this day I am confounded and plagued by that story. I don't know if he had a spaceship."

Also in the podcast teaser, Rogen said he heard a story about Lucas where, when he was on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story, he met star Alden Ehrenreich and congratulated him on his performance in Baby Driver. Only it was Ansel Elgort who starred in that movie. Rogen said he was told Ehrenreich said, "I'm not in Baby Driver," to which Lucas reportedly responded, "Are you sure?"

The full Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend episode airs this coming Monday, May 10.

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