George Lucas is responsible for some of cinema’s most loved films but things could be very different if he hadn’t have been turned down by the Air Force.

George Lucas is one of the most revered figures in cinematic history.

The California-born filmmaker is responsible for some of the best and most-loved films ever created and helped build the first true film franchise.

The sci-fi genre arguably wouldn’t be what it is today without Star Wars.

However, if George Lucas had had his way after graduating from the University of Southern California in 1967, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the sci-fi genre as we know it, may never have existed.

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George Lucas was turned down by the Air Force for the most bizarre reason

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1967, George Lucas had hoped to join the US Air Force.

However, his application was immediately turned down as the 23-year-old at the time had received too many speeding tickets.

He was later drafted by the army to serve in the Vietnam war but he was exempted from service after medical tests showed that he had diabetes.

If Lucas hadn’t have been rejected from the Air Force for speeding tickets, the diabetes diagnosis would certainly not have helped his cause.

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The film industry could look quite different if his application was successful

If George Lucas had succeeded in his application to the Air Force, the film industry as we know it could look quite different.

For a start, we wouldn’t have the Star Wars or Indiana Jones franchises and on top of that, a whole host of sci-fi and adventure films that were inspired by Lucas’s work also wouldn’t exist.

Harrison Ford is one of the most-loved actors in all of Hollywood but without Lucas and Star Wars, would he have gone on to play the roguish figures of Han Solo, Indiana Jones or Rick Deckard?

Who knows? But one thing that is certain is that there will be millions of film fans out there who are glad Lucas was indeed rejected by the Air Force.

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Star Wars fans call on George Lucas to release four-hour cut of Revenge of the Sith

In more recent news, following the announcement of the Justice League Snyder Cut, after months, if not years of online campaigning, Star Wars fans have taken to doing the same for Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, even creating a petition which has earned almost 25,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The film is widely regarded as the best of the three prequel films and has earned a cult following on social media as fans make memes of lines and scenes in the film.

Revenge of the Sith famously had a number of scenes cut and fans who have memorised every line from Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fateful showdown on Mustafar would no doubt relish the chance to watch the film with these scenes included.

After all, if Justice League fans can persuade Hollywood to release the Snyder Cut, why can’t Star Wars do the same?

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