If you've ever watched "Entourage," you'll know how Hollywood studios like to control things.
If you've ever watched "Entourage," you'll know how funny it is when they don't.
It is appearing increasingly possible that there might be a few Hollywood weaves being torn out at the latest pronouncements about the projected new "Star Wars" movies.
The story so far: Carrie Fisher said that she would reprise her role as Princess Leia in the latest "Star Wars" adventure.
Then her rep said she was joking.
But now George Lucas himself has given an interview to Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he all but manages to confirm that not only will Fisher be Leia again but also that Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be there too.
Yes, as Luke Skywalker and Ham -- I'm sorry, Han -- Solo.
Bloomberg asked Lucas about "Star Wars VII," the exciting, Disney-produced movie (Disney now owns Lucasfilm) to be directed by J.J. Abrams.
Please, then, parse these words he offered in reply: "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison -- or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, 'Look, this is what's going on.'"
Now, it may well be he was talking about Mark Harmon, Carrie Underwood, and the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes. But I don't think so.
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My evidence? Lucas' next words were reportedly: "I'm not supposed to say that."
This was followed by: "I think they (Disney) want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them."
Oh, how was he going to get out of this, without a flame-spitting Disney executive collaring him at nightfall and bashing him with a Mickey Mouse-headed mace?
This is what he tried: "I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
I would not be the person to have "Star Wars" obsessives suddenly foaming in several places because these three actors might, just might, make an appearance in what is sure to be the greatest "Star Wars" movie ever made.
Or, at least, the greatest Disney-produced "Star Wars" movie ever made.
But if I was in the mood for a wager -- rather than a large glass of Honig Cabernet Sauvignon and a nice piece of Raclette cheese -- I would put several cent-pieces on the idea that the three beloved characters will be played by their original executors.