"Star Wars" creator George Lucas says he sold the franchise to "white slavers," referring to his sale of his movie empire to Disney. 

Lucas made the comments in an interview with Charlie Rose, in which the legendary filmmaker criticized the latest episode of the "Star Wars" film franchise. But his harshest criticism was directed at Disney. 

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'I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and ...," Lucas said, but did not continue his comments. The interview was published online Dec. 25.  

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Speaking on "The Force Awakens," the latest episode that has been breaking box-office records, Lucas disagreed with the direction the filmmakers took. 

“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” he told Rose. He said he had worked hard to create movies in the series that were distinct from one another. "I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships -- you know, to make it new,” he said. 

He also described his distancing from the series as akin to a "break-up" with a lover. "You have to put it behind you, and it's a very, very, very hard thing to do. But you just have to cut it off and just say, 'OK, end of ballgame.' I've gotta move on. And everything in your body says, 'Don't, you can't.'"