“There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder,” he told the Washington Post in an interview published today. “You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced.’ ... I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision -- J.J. has a vision, and it’s his vision.”
Lucas hasn't seen the movie yet, but said there's a chance he may watch it with Abrams at his ranch in California when the director is ready. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy may also be there with the two visionaries.
"I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made," he said.
He continued, "I never got to see the spaceship come over [in the original movie]. I never got that experience that everyone else got to have. I never got to see ‘Star Wars.’ So this time I’m going to.”
Lucas also spoke about the prequels and his decision to edit and touch up the three classic films. One choice he explained was changing the scene with Greedo and making the bounty hunter shoot first at the cantina.