Harrison Ford to the Next Han Solo: “Don’t do it.”


Harrison Ford has been out and about, promoting the digital and Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on April 1st and 5th, and the Han Solo actor went on the Ellen Degeneres show to talk about his iconic role…

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It’s no secret now, that Harrison Ford campaigned quite vigorously to George Lucas, to have Han Solo die by the end of the Original Trilogy with Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In fact, if the actor had it his way, the smuggler with a heart, wouldn’t have never been rescued from the carbonite he was relegated to, in The Empire Strikes Back. As you know, Ford finally got his wish for Han Solo’s meaningful death, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Recently, Ford has been on the interview circuit, promoting the home release of The Force Awakens, and he stopped by the Ellen Degeneres show to talk about that topic, as well as having some advice for the next person to fill the role of Han Solo, and thanks to our pals at Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got the highlights:

"“It’s worse than that. It’s a young Han Solo.”"

My god, I love that old man, and I will miss him as Han Solo, but will certainly look forward to him back in the role as Indiana Jones. I also love his advice for young actors who are clamouring for the role of young Han Solo:

"“Don’t do it. First it seems like everything’s going swimmingly, and you put in 25, 30 years, and then they just let you go. And they show you the door and say, ‘We’re done with you, thanks very much.’”"

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Obviously Ford is putting his special brand of hilarious sarcasm on display here, which is just another reason why I will miss him when the marketing push for Star Wars: Episode VIII comes around. There won’t be anymore hilarious Chewbacca “SHE WAS MY WIFE!” skits, and there won’t be anymore curmudgeonly old Harrison Ford coming onto the talk shows to discuss Star Wars, and that makes me sad. Oh well, I guess we do in fact have Indiana Jones to look forward too…for at least one more film.