– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We’ve all had our moments where we somehow transition from being an appreciator of something to being involved in something. However, few of us have had that opportunity on the scale of something like Star Wars.

LRM had a chance to attend the press junket for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while there, director Rian Johnson was asked at what moment it really clicked with him that he felt he took real ownership of Star Wars.

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Johnson’s response was enlightening.

“Oh, I keep waiting for that moment to happen. Even standing up here, I see the big Star Wars behind me and I’m like, well, do I belong under this? Yeah, it feels very – there’s no like Eureka moment where it’s like now, I’m doing it. You’re always riding that line between feeling like you’re a fan who snuck in the back gate and is getting away with something, which I think is probably a good thing. I’d be curious to hear John, just because you’re the biggest fan I know in the world.”

Oh, Imposter Syndrome. It’s an ailment that hits every type of person at every level. Be it CEO of a business or the director of one of the biggest franchises known to mankind, it’s always rearing its ugly head, and it looks like Johnson was no exception.

At the end of the day, the folks who end up in the position to take on these jobs are hardworking individuals who keep their head down and their nose in their work. So caught up are they that it’s sometimes hard to take a moment to appreciate the position they’re in.

It’s especially hilarious in Johnson’s case since the film is done. Luckily for him, he’s developing a whole new trilogy, so there’s plenty of time for it to hit somewhere down the line.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.