I confess to have joked, once or twice, about the world ending in 2012.
The question though is, does George Lucas take it seriously?
I only ask this question fundamental to everyone's 401K plan because Seth Rogen, he who occasionally tries to make pornographic movies for money, claims he was stunned into reconsidering the meaning of life after (and during) a recent encounter with Lucas.
The Toronto Sun quoted Rogen as having a particularly illuminating conversation with Lucas during a meeting about an unnamed movie.
Rogen told the Sun:"George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it."
It so happened that Steven Spielberg was reportedly also in the meeting.
Rogen continued: "He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry..."
I know that you will already be largely of the mind that Lucas was japing and that Rogen was, in turn, tugging the Toronto Sun's trousers.
Yet Rogen reportedly continued that he believed Lucas was serious. And that Rogen was desperate for a seat on the spaceship that Lucas must have built in Marin County, Calif., in order to effect his escape from terrestrial hell.
On your behalf, and that of friends, relatives and the Golden State Warriors, I have contacted Lucas' representatives to see whether, in fact, this just might have been humor. Or not.
For what it's worth, this is Lucasfilm's response:
[Lucas] was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012, but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into Indy 5, along with a roster of famous dead actors. Seth Rogen is a funny guy, but George and Steven are taking Chris Rock with them on the Millennium Falcon!
Updated on Thursday at 10 a.m. with comment from Lucasfilm.