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George and “Howard the Duck”

George Lucas was the executive producer for Howard the Duck (1986), a film that was nominated for 7 Razzie awards.

In all fairness, I’m not sure what an executive producer actually does. For those in the dark like me, here’s the definition directly from the Producer’s Guild of America:

An Executive Producer supervises, either on his/her own authority (entrepreneur executive producer) or subject to the authority of an employer (employee executive producer) one or more producers in the performance of all of his/her/their producer functions on single or multiple productions. (http://www.producersguild.org/?page=faq)

In other words, an executive producer sometimes puts up their own money to help make the film. Other times they manage somebody’s else’s cash. One would think that as executive producer you have to be all in and believe the movie is worth making and worth seeing.

After he finished American Graffiti in 1973, Mr. Lucas was interested in bringing the Marvel comic Howard the Duck to the big screen. For more than 10 years he thought about this dream and eventually encouraged others to jump on the band wagon. In the 80s George was in the midst of one of the hottest streaks in cinematic history – the original Star Wars Trilogy, the first two Indiana Jones movies – and then, Howard the Duck!

(Something to consider – this was pre-Phantom Menace Mr. Lucas! Back in the 80s he was universally beloved and could do no wrong. The world didn’t look at him as the creator of Jar-Jar Binks or the writer of weak scripts. He was bullet-proof George Lucas, creator of blockbuster films. He brought us Han and Luke and Chewie…and then was involved in bringing Howard the Duck to the big screen).

More recently, George was asked about the movie. He stated,

“You can’t put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work.”

That might have been just one of the things wrong with the movie. 

Please enjoy the trailer:

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