Gilmore Girl mega-fans will remember that the show’s fast-quipping mother-daughter characters, Lorelai and Rory (forever!), managed to incorporate George Lucas into their rapid-fire pop-culture references on more than one occasion. (Example from Lorelai: “Oh my God, George Lucas wishes he had this sound system.”) Those lines were not the only ways in which Amy Sherman-Palladino’s sweet comedy-drama managed to collide with the science-fiction demi-god, though—on one occasion, the Star Wars creator actually stopped by the show’s Burbank set.
During a Reddit AMA, Nicole Holofcener referenced the incident, which occurred when the Enough Said filmmaker directed an episode of Gilmore Girls in 2001. When asked by a fan what her most terrifying moment on any set was, the writer/director revealed, “I guess scariest was when I was directing Gilmore Girls and George Lucas was visiting the set and he stood in front of the monitor with the whole crew listening, and asked me why I set a shot up the way that I did. I wanted to barf.”
This anecdote raises so many questions—mainly: does this mean George Lucas was a mega-Gilmore Girls fan like us? Sadly, not. Holofcener fleshed out the story last year in an interview with Flicks and the City. “His daughter was apparently a fan of the show, so he came as a guest,” Holofcener said, explaining why Lucas was on the set of a mother-daughter coming-of-age drama series in the first place. “He was standing at the monitor with his daughter watching a shot that I had set up, and it was actually not a well set-up shot to begin with, which happens occasionally,” she continued.
“As I was setting it up, as we were about to shoot, I was like, ‘You know, that’s not really the best angle for what I’m trying to do.’ Of course the whole crew was listening to everything [Lucas] said and following him around like Jesus. There were about 20 people standing behind me and him when he said, ‘Why would you set it up like that?’ He probably didn’t even mean to be mean. I don’t know, maybe he was just trying to chat. But it was mortifying.”
Making the matter even worse, Holofcener previously told Vulture that a People magazine reporter happened to be on set during the incident. And as bad luck would have it, Holofcener only directed one episode of Gilmore Girls ever. So out of the hundreds of episodes of the series, Lucas showed up to backseat-direct hers.
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