It’s well known that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are close friends, so when Lucas’ “Star Wars” eclipsed Spielberg’s “Jaws” as the all-time box-office leader back in 1977, Spielberg took out a full-page ad in Variety magazine congratulating his old pal.
The ad has R2-D2 from “Star Wars” reeling in the giant shark that terrorized beachgoers in “Jaws.” Spielberg also writes a brief inscription saying that Lucas’ “hyperspace performance package really did the trick” and signs it “your pal, Steven.”
Check out the vintage full-page ad:
Once Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” reclaimed the box-office throne in 1982, Lucas returned the favour by taking out his own full-page ad in Variety.
Lucas kept the tradition alive, taking out this full-page ad when, in 1998, James Cameron’s “Titanic” sank the reissue of “Star Wars” to become the top box-office movie of all time.
“It was an extremely gracious gesture,” Cameron said in a recent Reddit AMA. “I sent him a thank-you note after.”
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