ORLANDO, Fla.--If you don't recognize the man in this picture, you're probably not a real "Star Wars" fan. If you do recognize that this is George Lucas, the creator of what is almost certainly the most popular movie franchise of all time--not to mention its popularity with books, video games, comics, toys, TV shows, and more--then you're part of a group of many, many millions of people who have individually probably spent more time on his creations than on anyone else's on the planet.
At a "Star Wars" convention then, Lucas is certainly the "main event," and that's exactly what was the case Saturday as he took the stage at the Orange County Convention Center here, the site of Celebration V, for an hour-long interview by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.
The two talked about the history of the franchise, the origin of some of the many names used in the films, Lucas' distaste for the Hollywood studio system, the fact that the six live-action "Star Wars" films will be released on Blu-ray in 2011, and much more. Toward the end of the session, they were joined onstage by two of the main stars of the original films, Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia.
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman spent three days at Celebration V as the last stop on Road Trip 2010.
A group of Stormtroopers ran onstage at the beginning of the session to "guard" the stage and prepare for the entrances of Stewart and Lucas. The Stormtroopers were part of the global fan group, the 501st Legion.
Thousands of "Star Wars" fans filled the Chapin theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for the Lucas-Stewart session. Many camped out overnight to secure their spots in the theater, and once inside, dozens pulled out their light sabers in a show of their "Star Wars" spirit.
For any "Daily Show" fan, the joke about the two heads for the action figure made sense: Recently, Stewart had grown a beard and had begun doing his show with it. But within the last week, he cut it off and is once again clean-shaven. Here, we see a picture of the second head for the Jon Stewart action figure: his head with the beard.
Midway through the session, Lucas announced that the six live-action "Star Wars" films would be released on Blu-Ray sometime in 2011. A little later, Lucasfilm put out a press release saying the box set would be available in the fall of 2011.
During the session, Stewart teased Lucas about some endorsement work the "Star Wars" creator had done earlier in his career. Stewart noted that one photo of Lucas looked like the kind of photo used in celebrity cologne ads, and presented this mock-up of "George" cologne.