George Lucas Believes World Will End in 2012, Says Seth Rogen

Funnyman Seth Rogen said that he was left speechless by a recent conversation in which George Lucas, the producer of Star Wars, told him of his belief that the world would end in 2012.

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You know all that stuff about the Mayan calendar predicting that the world will end in 2012? However, at least one person apparently believes it and his name is famed ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas. At least, that’s what funnyman Seth Rogen is reportedly saying.

According to the Toronto Sun, the “Green Hornet” actor recalled taking a meeting with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg about a movie when the conversation quickly turned to the Mayan apocalypse, which is scheduled to happen next year (Dec. 21, to be exact).

“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,” Rogen is quoted as saying. “Like, for real. He thinks it.”

The actor reportedly notes that director Steven Spielberg was also present — and seemed to not take his “Indiana Jones” pal too seriously.

“[Lucas is] 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,'” Rogen said, according to the Toronto Sun.

Rogen added that he first thought Lucas was joking, but then realized that the famed filmmaker was serious: “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?’

“He claimed he didn’t have a spaceship, but 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.”

However, George Lucas’ daughter doesn’t seem to have taken the tall tale too seriously. “Regarding my pops thinking the world is going to end in 2012: I have no idea if the conversation actually happened,” Katie Lucas wrote via Twitter. “But he would Totally say that. As a joke, obviously. Geez people, it’s funny. Get over it!”

Even if the often celebrated, sometimes vilified filmmaker does believe the world will meet an untimely end in 2012, he wouldn’t be the only one in Hollywood to spout such theories.

Ashton Kutcher told Men’s Fitness magazine that he believed an Armageddon-like event is coming soon, which is why he keeps his body in such good condition.

“I stay fit for no other reason than to save the people I care about,” he’s quoted saying in the publication’s February issue. And when things go down, he believes those who survive will be quick to “hit the panic button.”

“The amount of convenience that people rely on based on electricity alone,” he said. “You start taking out electricity and satellites, and people are going to lose their noodle.”

Rapper Lil Wayne also sees 2012 as ‘the end of the world.’ “The world is about to end in 2012,” he told Bender magazine back in 2008. “The Mayans made calendars, and they stop at 2012. I got encyclopedias on the bus. The world is about to end as we know it.”

Actor Woody Harrelson, who starred in the disaster movie “2012” as a crazy conspiracy theorist, thinks it’s very possible next year will be humanity’s last.

“People kept asking me, ‘if I really thought’ the world would end during that year,” he said in the interview with “And I said that ecologically, we seemed to be right on target. I am really concerned with that because we are moving towards a very difficult time.”

So, what do you think? Is George Lucas off his rocker, or is Seth Rogen just pulling everyone’s leg? Do you believe the world will end in 2012? [via Toronto Sun and NY Daily News]

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