George Lucas seems to be remarkably unmoved by the fact that he has broken the hearts of millions of near-middle aged men and women all over the world.
Today's release of Revenge of the Sith marks the end of an epic journey started a long time ago (1977 to be exact) in a galaxy far far away. After this he will never make, despite oft repeated fan- boy rumours that it is meant to be a story of nine, not six parts, another Star Wars film.
The sense of loss to those vast numbers of people whose formative years were spent embracing all things Star Warsian (the three original films, the books, the spoofs, the spin off merchandise) is incalculable.
George is more sanguine about things: "To me it is more like when your kids go off to college. They still come back when they need money and they'll be there for holidays.
"There will be a TV series, two of them actually. I am not really involved in them. One is an animated series and one is a live action series and they have got minor characters in that.
"I am going to go off and do my thing the world is going to go off and do theirs. The comic books and videos and novels are out there. It is sort of going to have a life of its own."
For anyone who has spent the last 30 years with their head in a bucket, the story began with Star Wars in which naive farm boy Luke Skywalker set off the rescue a Princess from the clutches of an evil galactic Emperor.
He was aided by a roguish pilot and the last remaining member of an ancient band of elite warriors known as the Jedi.
Through Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi Luke and friends fought and overthrew the Emperor. Luke also discovered the Princess was the twin he never knew he had and their father was the Emperor's right hand villain, Darth Vader
Sixteen years later George decided to go back to the story and reveal exactly how Vader went to the bad.
"Star Wars was intended to be one movie. It was designed to be the tragedy of Darth Vader. It starts with this monster coming through the door throwing everybody around. Halfway through the movie you realise the villain of the piece is actually a man and the hero is his son and in the end the villain turns into the hero inspired by his son.
"When I broke it up I didn't have the money to do what would have been a five hour movie. The icon of Darth Vader kind of took over and his tragedy got diminished."
The back story and biography of the characters and an exposition of how the Empire came to be still existed but, technically, was too difficult to film.
However, giant leaps in technology meant that, by the end of the 90s, Lucas could make the films how he visualised them. That he could create entire planets and turn a little green muppet (Jedi master Yoda) into a badass fighter.
"I had really stopped making movies so I could raise my kids and I did that for 15 years. When they were old enough I said 'OK I am going to go off and direct now. Am I going to do these avant garde movies that I had intended to do or do I take one last shot at Star Wars and tell the back story so the tragedy becomes more apparent?
"I realised if I didn't do it then, I was 50, I would probably never get around to it."
Advances in computer graphics have also allowed him to go back and tinker with the originals, as the special effects he used then never lived up to his high expectations.
"The first film I did was really not finished. I didn't have the money, the time or the technology. I was really disappointed, really sad and it bothers me to watch it and to a minor degree the next two films.
"I did those films in a special edition to finish them off the way I meant them to be, if nothing else because I am stubborn, dogmatic and persistent."
Sadly, George feels that the kind of event movie he has spent hundreds of millions of dollars making may have had its day. Destroyed by piracy which eats into the profits the films can make.
"Piracy is definitely the single biggest threat to the industry, I am glad I am getting out when I can because it is going to get insane in the next few years.
"If it wasn't for DVD there would be no theatrical film industry and as DVD gets whittled away through piracy there won't be any income so we are going to to see smaller and smaller releases.
"I think people will always want the theatrical experience just like they go to the opera or the ballet, but I have a feeling films will be released on the internet and in theatres at exactly the same time."