Our buddy Mike Ryan put together a really great piece for the Huffington Post that compiled numerous quotes from a bunch of filmmakers and actors on how the original Star Wars (A New Hope) influenced their lives and careers in honor of the film's 35th anniversary, which is today. Ryan spoke with folks like Jon Favreau, Damon Lindelof, Simon Pegg, Marc Webb, Diablo Cody, Rian Johnson and more, but the real highlights come from Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul) and Eli Roth (Hostel) who both sent in Star Wars drawings they made when they were kids.
Here's Mottola explaining his drawing (see below): "In 1982, during my first few weeks as an art student at Carnegie Mellon University, we were given an assignment: draw a portrait with your hero. This was the result. My "Star Wars"/Lucas obsession led me back to the great '70s films of his peers, which in turn led me to the great foreign films of the '50s and '60s. I gave up on art and became a film student—and "Star Wars" was a big part of that decision."
Eli Roth was only 8-years-old when he created his Star Wars-inspired drawings ...
... which even include pictures of them filming Star Wars, as well as pictures of which trailers Roth would want to play with the film. One look at which trailer Roth draws will give you a clear idea of where his career would eventually wind up.
There's a whole lot more over at Huff Po, so if you're any kind of Star Wars fan, celebrate the day by reading this piece and maybe you can even find a little time to watch the film too.
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