Tough Words From Ford About Han Solo’s Fate
OK, so, I’m pretty sure everyone who cares, well, really probably everyone, has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but just in case, uh, SPOILERS and all that.
While it was no secret that Harrison Ford has wanted the filmmakers to kill off his Star Wars character, Han Solo, for a really long time. However, it still came as a surprise to millions of fans all over the world when his pleas finally came true. Although it was a heartbreaking scene for any fan of the franchise, Ford says that it was bound to happen. He actually asked the previous director, George Lucas, to let Solo die in the original movies because it would be the logical thing to do (Ford came up with the idea over 30 years ago, when Lucas was shooting SW Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back).
And while previous studios and directors didn’t have the heart to do it in the past movies, J. J. Abrams, along with Disney, weren’t afraid to experiment and listen to Ford’s advice. “I think it’s a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight.” This is what he said during a Q&A event with Entertainment Weekly when asked about his thoughts on his character’s fate.
However, in another interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, he had some interesting advice to give to the actor who will play the younger version of Han Solo in the upcoming movies. “Don’t do it,” Ford said. “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.’ ”