If George Lucas is to be believed, we're all living on borrowed time – which might be a good thing if it spares us from having to watch a fifth Indiana Jones movie.

Seth Rogen recently spoke of an encounter with the father of 'Star Wars' wherein Lucas spent a lengthy amount of time explaining that he believes the world will end in 2012 – and why. Rogen, who was attending a meeting when Lucas joined in (along with Steven Spielberg) was shocked by his filmmaking idol's beliefs.

"George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.

"He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry...'

It sounds like an elaborate prank to catch funnyman Rogen off-guard, but Rogen insists Lucas was for real – which made the actor worry and then start thinking about his own survival. "...I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, 'If you're George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there's no way you haven't built a spaceship for yourself... So I asked him... 'Can I have a seat on it?'

Lucas assured Rogen that he doesn't have a spaceship, but the 'Green Hornet' star remains unconvinced. "...there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go... It's gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I'll be blown up like the rest of us."

We here at Cinematical are hoping that Lucas' beliefs are proven false as we all enjoy living and would like to keep doing it as long as possible (there are scores of films that won't be done before 2012 that we're dying to see...), but if the end does come next year, it's been a pretty good ride. Plus, it means we won't be subjected to anymore 'Star Wars' revisions where things like Greedo shooting first become canon. If we can avoid more of that and a passing of the fedora from Harrison Ford to Shia LaBeouf, then maybe wrapping things up sometime next year is the way to go. What do you think, readers? Does Lucas have some secret insight none of us mortals know about, or has all that alone time at Skywalker Ranch left George not quite right in the head?

[via The Toronto Sun]

Update

Wired.com spoke with a LucasFilm representative yesterday who says Lucas' lengthy speech about the end of days was all a prank.

"He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth," Hale said. "These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into 'Indy 5' along with a roster of famous dead actors."

The best line of all came at Rogen's expense. "Seth Rogen is a funny guy, but George and Steven are taking Chris Rock with them on the Millennium Falcon!" Hm. Rock over Rogen? Maybe Lucas isn't crazy after all...
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