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“Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.”
That was Harrison Ford’s suggestions to Alden Ehrenreich, the male who would be Han, when they took a seat for lunch in January of in 2015 soon prior to production started on Solo: A Star Wars Story
Ehrenreich, the 28- year-old star best understood for the Coen bros’ Hail, Caesar!, dutifully stayed tightlipped about the Star Wars veteran’s other assistance. There is honor amongst burglars. “I gotta stick to my orders from the man himself,” Ehrenreich states.
But EW discovered more intel about Ford’s participation from other Star Wars sources who exposed that although the initial Han kept a considerate range, he did supply some crucial insights into the character he has actually dealt with, in some cases annoyingly, for 4 years.
Lucasfilm president and Solo manufacturer Kathleen Kennedy, who has actually understood Ford considering that their Raiders of the Lost Ark days, stated she called the star after his lunch with Ehrenreich.
“It was perfect, classic Harrison,” Kennedy states, getting into his signature subtle whine. “‘Good kid, good kid. Really good kid.’”
She had actually likewise sent out Ford the script, which she stated he check out and offered a thumbs-up. “I think being who is Harrison is, there is no way he would step into the middle of this and start trying to dictate,” Kennedy states.
But Ford is a living repository of understanding about Han’s origins. He was the one George Lucas spoke to about the character’s history and inspirations, method back when they brought him to life in the 1977 initial.
” What [Ford] did so magnificently for Alden was he yapped about exactly what he kept in mind when he initially check out Star Wars, and exactly what George had actually finished with Han. Who the character was and the discussions he had for many years with George about how that character established,” Kennedy states. “He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out. I think that was really, really helpful to him.”
When EW talked to Ford in 2015 right before the release of The Force Awakens, his theoretical assistance for the then-unchosen Young Han Solo was provided with a shrug: “I would say, ‘Talk to your director. Watch the movies. And welcome aboard. Make it your own.’”
How did he feel about somebody else getting the blaster? Ford smiled: “I never thought about it.”
When Howard took control of the job amidst the chaos in between Lucasfilm and initial directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, he likewise looked for assistance from Han Solo’s begetter.
It ends up Ford had actually considered it a lot ever since.
” Harrison’s an extremely thoughtful star and an artist, and I needed to know exactly what he found out about the character,” Howard states. “He said that Han is always torn between that sense that he was, in a way, an orphan, and therefore both yearned for connection with people and struggled with it at the same time. I thought that was pretty interesting.”
There’s discovery No. 1 from Solo: The captain of the Millennium Falcon is simply as cut off from his household as Luke and Leia, however he does not have the caring surrogate mother and father they needed to offer him a safe house. No Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen from Tatooine. No Bail Organa or Queen Breha from Alderaan.
Instead, we will see Han as hardscrabble kid attempting to go far for himself in the underworld. Criminal activity appears like a great living, particularly after rinsing of the Imperial Flight Academy. Solo’s objective is to attain a little bit of self-reliance. He does not wish to count on any person. Or owe anybody. (Guess how both of those exercise.)
All of this stands as foreshadowing for The Force Awakens, and Solo’s curmudgeonly deal to make Rey very first mate on his ship.
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan ( The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), who composed Solo with his kid Jon ( The First Time), currently had the story in mind when he dealt with Awakens with J.J. Abrams.
Han keeps in mind being a young no one. Starving. Alone. In hazard.
It ends up, Ford had much more insight to show Howard– primarily about how frequently Han discovers himself in over his head, charging into scenarios without thinking about all the angles. (“Never tell me the odds!”)
“Han has survived and proven that he can survive, but he’s never sure he’s as quite as smart as he needs to be,” Howard stated, remembering their discussion. “Change that. He’s not actually ‘smart.’ That’s not the word he utilized. Han’s not as on top of it as he has to be. He desires to offer the look of [control], however in truth, he’s frequently rushing. I believe Harrison played that magnificently, and Alden and I discussed both of those concepts a lot.”
Even though he’s not technically associated with Solo, all this is a window into Harrison Ford, too.
He’ll roll his eyes over Star Wars, call Han “dumb as a stump,” and inform you he hasn’t offered this galaxy or the character much idea.
He’s permanently attempting firmly insisting that none of it matters to him.
Just more evidence, in case we required it, that Harrison Ford actually is Han Solo.
More Thursday as EW.com’s Han Solo Week continues:
- Donald Glover on Lando Calrissian.
- Emilia Clarke on Qi’ ra
- and brand-new images and information from Solo: A Star Wars Story