20 Star Wars Secrets Revealed: From Leias Cocaine Nail to the Ronald Reagan Connection – Daily Beast
According to Peter Biskind’s fantastic book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, director George Lucas held a screening of a rough cut of Star Wars just after he wrapped shooting in London. The special effects were far from finished, and the air battle sequences were held together with footage of planes dogfighting from World War II flicks. Lucas’s director-pals, including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, and John Landis, were in attendance. When the lights when up, everyone sat in stunned silence. Lucas’s then-wife, Marcia, was sobbing. “The crawl at the beginning looks like it was written on a driveway,” de Palma told Lucas. “It goes on forever. It’s gibberish.” While Landis asked Lucas, “George, is everybody in outer space white?” Spielberg, however, was onboard, telling a worried Lucas his film would make millions.