Star Wars - Lucas Remembers 'Great Director' Kershner
STAR WARS creator GEORGE LUCAS has paid tribute to late director IRVIN KERSHNER, who helmed his classic movie THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
Kershner died in November (10) following a long battle with ill health.
He made his name working on movies with A-list stars Sir Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand and Richard Harris in the 1960s and '70s before Lucas asked him to take charge of the second film in his sci-fi franchise.
And the movie mogul has warmly remembered his late pal, revealing he needed a man he could "trust" to do the 1980 sequel justice.
Lucas says in a statement, "I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humour. That was Kersh (sic) all over.
"(He) was a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing."