Here's the actual 2015 quote from Vanity Fair: “You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” is how George explains why he stepped away from the world-famous franchise he created. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.” George Lucas Explains Why He's Done Directing Star Wars Movies So again: it wasn't about him being a terrible person -- that sounded fishy to me. He has definitely complained about his films being criticized, and I agree with that 100%. Lucas was already talking like this when I met him in 2004, but it was more along the lines of, "I've given up trying to satisfy the crazy fans, because all they're ever gonna do is just criticize what I do."