May 15, 2002 12:00 PM

Oscar winner Halle Berry as a guest at the London premiere of his “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” — what more could George Lucas ask for on his 58th birthday? The Associated Press reports that Tuesday night’s premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, just to the east of Piccadilly Circus, not only brought out Berry, 35, who kissed and lent support to her friend, Samuel L. Jackson, 53, who stars as Mace Windu in the space adventure, but also Hayden Christensen, 21, who plays Anakin Skywalker, and Christopher Lee, 79, who portrays Count Dooku. “I wasn’t even born when the first movie came out, so it’s amazing to be part of this,” said Christensen. “This is very exciting.” But it was the crowd that did the real entertaining before the movie, says the news service. Some 3,000 fans standing outside the cinema waved light sabers and wore “Star Wars” costumes as they sang a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” After the song, Lucas told reporters that the best present he could get would be “that everybody likes the movie.” But would he beat the $114 million box-office record set two weekends ago by “Spider-Man” when “Attack of the Clones” opens in the U.S. on May 16? “I’m not in a contest. I make movies,” said the birthday boy. “I’m not a racehorse.”

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