At one point in the phone call Lucas asked, “Does anyone ever tell you, you sound like Yoda?”
“Oh, you mean the way I talk? Inside out – that’s what I call it.”
“Well, you talk like no one else I’ve ever heard,” Lucas laughed.
“Sometimes they do, sometimes they say that I remind them of Yoda. I say, you think I look like a little green man in a kimono?”
“Don’t you ever think it’s the things you say and the way you say them?” Lucas asked.
“Yeah, I get that. I know I believe the things Yoda believes, but I don’t think I talk like Yoda. Yoda uses just as many words as everybody else – I try to use less words. I figured out what it is Yoda does, you wanna know how Yoda talks?”
Lucas just laughed, “Enlighten me.”
“Yoda ends his sentences with a vowel. Like, if I say I’m tired, Yoda would say, ‘tired I am.’ So he uses just as many words as everybody else, I try to use less even if that means making up a word.”
“So you make up words on the fly?”
“If need be.”
Lucas thought that was a riot. “If need be? Who talks like that? Nobody says stuff like that. Nobody talks like you; I’ve never heard anyone talk the way you do.”
I’ve heard Lucas say that he’s going to try to get as much of my exact wording into Star Wars 7. I’ve also heard him say he’s going to make it clear that Yoda is a woman, he’s going to try to rectify the mistake he made when he turned me into a man. I said at one point in our conversation, that I wanted to get together with Charleze Theron’s mother because she has ideas on how to overhaul the English language. I told Lucas that the English language is harder than any other language and more difficult to learn, and yet the world seems to be leaning toward speaking English. I think that would go a long way toward World Peace if the world had one language. And I started to point out the many flaws I saw in the English language that made it so hard. I’ve heard Charleze Theron say that her mother pickets spelling bees because she wants to make everything as simple as possible. George wasn’t sure who Charleze was. In describing her I told him I thought she was a beautiful girl. And I have heard George say that he was going to try to get her to play me as Yoda in the Force Awakens.
It turns out that all of the writing that George did while we were shooting American Graffiti, was, he was writing down everything I said and that’s why it didn’t bother him that I was talking while he was writing – he was taking notes.
George Lucas believes in reincarnation. I believe we can be reincarnated if we like, but I’ve been to Heaven and I can’t imagine wanting to come back here. I know I’ve heard Lucas say that he’s a Lutheran Buddhist, I kind of am too, in that I believe Christ is God and the Buddhist’s religion is the best of the organized religions. (Buddhism is Christ’s favorite organized religion, too.) Many Star Wars Characters will be reincarnated in various forms in Star Wars 7.
There was a list of nine phrases Lucas read back to me that I had said during our conversation; I think, at first, he said they were wrong, but I insisted they were grammatically correct just worded differently and more efficiently than most people would word them. Seven of the nine phrases I thought were fine but Lucas explained they were just different. I heard him say later that he would try to incorporate all 9 phrases into Yoda’s dialog in the Force Awakens.