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How George Lucas’ Horrible Restaurant Choice Prevented David Lynch from Directing RotJ

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It’s a reasonably well-known fact among Star Wars nerds that George Lucas offered Return of the Jedi to renown director/crazy person David Lynch, who turned it down. Lynch, speaking recently with something called Fora TV, finally explained what happened, and it involves Lucas taking him to a shitty restaurant that only served salads. Also, Lynch wasn’t the biggest fan of Wookiees (although I wonder if he means Ewoks… or if George was talking to him when the ending still involved Wookiees instead of teddy bears). Anyways, it’s fascinating. Thanks to my buddy Alex for the tip.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.