What with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue of EW being released, we’ve got some sneak peeks of quotes to share! Harrison Ford opens up to the magazine about his iconic role of Han Solo, revealing how fun it was for him to step back into a character that he’s thankful was kept alive for him to come back to. The actor discusses Han’s personal growth (or lack thereof), and addresses his non-involvement in the standalone Han Solo movie. He also touches on the topic of Indiana Jones, and offers young actors some valuable advice.First off, Ford assures us that the Han Solo in this highly anticipated film is indeed cut from the same cloth of the Han Solo we all know and love.
“There’s not an abandoning of the character. He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth.”
He even emphasizes just how similar this Solo is:
“We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting, and accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
Concerning the standalone Han Solo movie, it’s being scripted by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, with a release date of May 25, 2018. When asked about his involvement in the film, Ford said simply:
“I think they’re probably talking to the young Han Solo.”
He did have some words of wisdom for the potential candidates hoping to step into Solo’s shoes, however:
“I would say, ‘Talk to your director. Watch the movies. And welcome aboard. Make it your own.’”
When the conversation turned to Indiana Jones, another iconic character of Ford’s, he was extremely enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to the role in Indiana Jones 5:
“Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
Critics of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might have a pretty lengthy answer to that question, but there’s no harm in keeping our fingers crossed for a more successful addition to the franchise!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015.