Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3427: George Lucas regarding Star Wars, "I sold them to the white slavers" - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Earlier today, after only 20 days after its release, the Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Force Awakens - overtook James Cameron's Avatar with respect to North American office earnings ($760.5 million) - although it remains a ways off from Avatar's global record of $2.78 Billion).

George Lucas was recently interviewed by Charlie Rose. The two men know each other well. When Lucas spoke of the selling of Lucasfilms along with the legal rights to the Star Wars franchise - he used the metaphor, "white slavers" when referring to Disney. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of that exchange:

Beginning at 1:45 George Lucas continues:

Lucas: These are my kids - so ...
Rose: All the Star Wars Films.

Lucas: All the Star Wars Films.

Rose: They were your kids.

Lucas: Yeah, the well, they ARE my k-,  ya know - I loved them, I created them, - ah-um, I'm very intimately involved in 'em - and obviously to sell 'em off -

Rose: [over-talking] And you sold them.

Lucas: I sold them to the [pause] white slavers that take these things and [deep inhalation] and [inaudible], [nervous laugh], [extended blink], [looks down to his left] ...

Rose: Okay, But, but, but having said all that, and having talked to you for the last, and known you for a while, and admired you, I mean it must hurt you.

Mr. Lucas immediately realizes he made a mistake.


Looking down to left


Sincere Smile after Nervous Laughter


Body Language Axiom: Although all embarrassment is not accompanied by a smile - when a smile accompanies embarrassment it's virtually always a sincere smile - though it may sometimes be suppressed.

Body Language Axiom: Moreover when blushing occurs with a "smile", the smile is always sincere (although you, as an observer, may not find the cause a reason to smile). This is also often a suppressed, sincere smile as well.


Inward Lip Roll (ILR)

Psyche trying to suppress strong feelings and their corresponding facial expressions


Tongue Jut signaling:

"I've been bad"
"I got caught"
"I've misbehaved"(Navarro)

Lucas knows he made a huge mistake


Second Inward Lip Roll

Still trying to prevent crescendo of and expression of strong feelings

2:10 - 2:12

False Mastication

Mr. Lucas' mouth is dry (normal response to anxiety) and this false chewing (aka false mastication) serves to stimulate the salivary glands and distribute saliva 

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3426: Barack Obama, Executive Action and Gun Control

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3408: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Star Wars

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3415: David Beckham, John Boyega, Star Wars and Lightsabers 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3242: Jennifer Lawrence, Singing Cher and Liam Hemsworth 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3370: Michael Fassbender and an Under-recognized Body Language Tell  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2778: April Fools Prank and Embarrassment 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3125: Vladimir Putin, Suppressed Smiling & Blushing

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2911: Becky Hammon Part II - Blushing & a High Sincerity Quotient