Glenn Beck Says George Lucas Should Be “Tried for Movie Crimes” Suddenly, Because Glenn Beck Speaks, I’m a Fan Of Lucas Again

There's something that happens to me when Glenn Beck speaks. Suddenly, without any warning, whatever comes out of his mouth, I automatically want to disagree with it, even if it's something I wholeheartedly believe.

There’s something that happens to me when Glenn Beck speaks. Suddenly, without any warning, whatever comes out of his mouth, I automatically want to disagree with it, even if it’s something I wholeheartedly believe.

Case in point: After many years of fans saying it first, Glenn Beck decided to jump on the George Lucas bandwagon and bash him for milking the STAR WARS franchise for every penny it’s worth.  On his show, Beck commented on the re-release of STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE in 3D in a way only he can:

“Here’s an idea, why don’t the people at your little ranch, why don’t they use all the CGI to make you (Lucas) go away. You’re wrecking good movies…I don’t know how he does it. You can take somebody like Natalie Portman and all of a sudden she’s awful on screen? Awful!”

But it didn’t stop there…Beck went on to completely destroy Jake Lloyd, the child actor chosen as a young Anakin Skywalker:

“[Lucas] could have gotten any kid – any kid – Jesus. Jesus could have been teaching at the temple, on the stairs, and they could have said, ‘Hang on, we’ve been looking for you because George Lucas wants you to play Anakin Skywalker,’ and Jesus would have said yes to that. Who does he get? He gets the worst actor on the planet. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.”

And then, there was the commentary on Lucas’ new movie, RED TAILS:

“I would like him at least tried for movie crimes. I’m not going for the death penalty, but you could talk me into it. I saw ‘Red Tails,’ which is one of the best stories, and I think all of the Tuskegee Airmen should come back and just riddle his compound.

So here’s the thing…I, like many many other STAR WARS fans, completely agree with Beck.  Lucas has been milking the saga for decades, and to hear (at least what I heard) the 3D aspect is as bad as any other post-conversion done in the past five years is just sad.  But there’s something about the degree that Beck takes it to that just makes me want to slap him.  It’s like a little child whining for his Stormtrooper doll.  And yeah, we know that Jake Lloyd wasn’t very good, but he was seven at the time!  You’re a grown man trashing a 7-year-old as “the worst actor on the planet”?!
Oh, and by the way, RED TAILS also may not be the best, but two things make me respect Lucas for it: 1) the fact that he put up all of his own money to finance the story he believed in, and 2) the fact that the real Tuskegee Airmen are actually proud of their story on screen.
With all that, on one hand, I agree with Beck.  On the other, I compare it to listening to The Nanny reading the Declaration of Independence.  It may be amazing, poignant and right, but not coming out of that mouth.
Thoughts?

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