Lucas Remembers ‘great Director’ Kershner

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November 30, 2010 | 7:40am EST

Star Wars creator George Lucas has paid tribute to late director Irvin Kershner, who helmed his classic movie The Empire Strikes Back.
Kershner died in November following a long battle with ill health.

He made his name working on movies with A-list stars Sir Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand and Richard Harris in the 1960s and ’70s before Lucas asked him to take charge of his second film in the sci-fi franchise.

And the movie mogul has warmly remembered his late pal, revealing he needed a man he could “trust” to do the 1980 sequel justice.

Lucas says in a statement, “I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humour. That was Kersh (sic) all over.

“(He) was a great director and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.”