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Seth Rogen is pretty convinced George Lucas wasn’t joking when the “Star Wars” creator denied the comedian access to his make believe space ship if the world was going to end.
During a conversation with Conan O’Brien on his podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” Rogen detailed how in 2012 he and his producing partner, Evan Goldberg, had a meeting with Steven Spielberg and surprisingly the filmmaker’s longtime friend and collaborator, George Lucas, was also there.
Spielberg had to run and take a call, according to the “Knocked Up” star, leaving Rogen and Goldberg alone with Lucas.
“Very quickly the conversation turns to, ‘How’s it going?’ [Lucas said,] ‘Not great. We’re nearing the end of 2012 and the world is going to end,'” Rogen recalled. “It did not appear that he was joking.”
Rogen said that he and Goldberg began to delve deeper into why Lucas thought the world was going to end and found out the director was a believer that on or around December 21, 2012 a cataclysmic event would occur as it marked the end of the Mayan calendar.
Rogen said that Lucas believed a giant earthquake would destroy anything within California’s San Andreas Fault line. The Fault has been the location for many historic earthquakes over the years, including one in 1906 that killed about 3,000 people, according to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.
“And I’m like, good thing Skywalker Ranch is on the other side of the fault line,” Rogen said he told Lucas, referring to where Lucas’ main headquarters of operation is located. “And [Lucas] said, ‘That’s not a coincidence.'”
“We [made] a joke like, if you’ve got a spaceship to escape earth, can we get a seat on that thing?” Rogen said he asked Lucas. “And he was like, ‘No.’
“It makes me think he wasn’t joking,” Rogen continued, “because, if you were joking, you would just say ‘Yes’… But, no, he said, ‘No.’ To this day, I am confounded and plagued by that story.”
Thankfully, we all got through 2012 unscathed.
Insider reached out to Lucas for comment, but did not get an immediate response.
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