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Steven Spielberg thinks his "best friend" George Lucas has refused to let him direct a Star Wars movie because he's so competitive. The legendary film-maker first asked Lucas, who created the extraordinarily successful sci-fi franchise, if he could make a Star Wars movie in the eighties, but despite their great friendship, Spielberg's requests have fallen on deaf ears - and the 55-year-old believes it's because Lucas doesn't want to share his success. He says, "I wanted to do one 15 years ago and he didn't want me to do it. I understand why - Star Wars is George's baby. "George is my best friend and I believe I am his, but we are all competitive. "I believe that this is George's franchise. It's his cottage industry and it's his fingerprints. "He knows I've got Jurassic Park and Raiders.... But George has Star Wars and I don't think he feels inclined to share any of it with me."

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