Both Luke and Lucas were motorized-vehicle-loving teens who dreamed of something more, and both had dads who got in the way of that. While he wasn't exactly Darth Vader, George Lucas Sr. was the head of a stationery store, a business he had built up for George to take over -- because together they could rule Modesto, California, as father and son. George had other plans, though. As a young man, George rejected his father's dark path of selling birthday cards and scotch tape, saying: "I'll never work at a job where I have to do the same thing over and over again every day." Which sounds a hell of a lot like "I'll never join you."
It took forever for his dad to slice his hand off through paper cuts.
This was no small incident, either. Lucas claimed that this was the biggest disagreement the two ever had, and his refusal to take up his father's mantle left his dad "devastated." While he doesn't get into specifics, when asked about how much of this story played into Star Wars, George stated: "No matter how you write, you write from your own emotions and your own feelings." This explains why the theme of a son rejecting his father's path runs throughout the original trilogy, before Lucas' emotions and feelings died sometime in the mid '90s.
Which brings us to another eerie similarity: Later in life, both Luke and Lucas became bearded outcasts moping over how they'd seriously fucked up their life's work.
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The next movie is gonna start with the revelation that Luke sold his midi-chlorians for $4 billion.