How George Lucas Infused ‘Star Wars’ Inspiration Into His Weekend Wedding
George Lucas, 69, and Mellody Hobson, 44 (Mark Davis/Getty)
After more than six years of courtship, George Lucas married investment executive Mellody Hobson on Saturday night, according to People Magazine.
Celebrities attended the wedding, which took place in Marin County, California — the location of Lucas's Skywalker Ranch. Director Ron Howard was there — and tweeting — as was the man who played Mace Windu in three "Star Wars" live action films — Samuel L. Jackson.
Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their WEDDING DAY!! Congrats!!!!!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 22, 2013
George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 24, 2013
What's interesting is journalist — and ordained minister — Bill Moyers officiated the wedding, as Howard's tweet revealed.
Bill Moyers (Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage)
It was Campbell's 1949 book, "The Hero With a Thousand Faces," which had such a profound impact on Lucas and his work on "Star Wars." The book proposed the idea that religions and myths from all cultures are all built from the same "elementary ideas," and focus on a hero archetype — who almost always goes on a life-changing journey. After having read it in college, Lucas rediscovered Campbell's book in 1975 as he was completing the first "Star Wars" screenplay, and used it as a blueprint for the soon-to-be explosively popular world he was creating.
More than 10 years after Moyers interviewed Campbell, he interviewed Lucas himself on Skywalker Ranch in 1999. Lucas was quite candid about the connection Campbell's work has to the "Star Wars" series and discussed themes of religion and the struggle of good versus evil. "I'm telling an old myth in a new way," Lucas said in the interview. "That's how you pass down the meat and potatoes of your society to the next generation."