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George Lucas backs off ‘Star Wars’ Disney remark

Film director George Lucas has three adopted children.

Film director George Lucas has three adopted children. He and his former wife Marcia Griffin adopted their daughter Amanda in 1981, and after their divorce Lucas adopted two more children on his own. Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson welcomed a baby, Everest Hobson Lucas, via surrogate in 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chris Jackson

George Lucas has apologized for comparing Disney’s purchase of his “Star Wars” franchise to “white slavers” who took his children.

“I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize,” the filmmaker, 71, said in a statement Thursday, adding, “I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions . . . ”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached just over $629 million at the North American box office, putting it ahead of “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($623.4 million) to become Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing film domestically.

It is now No. 4 overall, though adjusted for inflation is No. 29 on the domestic box-office chart.

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