Even though it may appear that Harrison Ford wants nothing more to do with the Star Wars universe, apparently he can’t escape it. EW has revealed that the original Han Solo actor did meet with and offer up advice to Alden Ehrenreich, who is playing Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Although, in true Ford style, his marching orders to Ehrenreich were to not reveal anything that the two talked about, and to tell anyone that asked Alden about their meeting that Ford told him everything he needed to know. Alden told EW exactly what Ford told him:
“Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.”
Sounds very Ford-like indeed. While Alden didn’t offer up much of the advice Ford gave him, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to provide a few more insights. She explained that she talked with Harrison after the meeting, and that the actor said the following about Ehrenreich:
“Good kid, good kid. Really good kid.”
Kennedy also explained that she sent the Solo script to Ford, who apparently gave it two thumbs up, but didn’t offer any other thoughts on it. Kennedy expanded upon what Harrison supposedly told Ehrenreich:
“What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read Star Wars, and what George had done with Han. Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed. 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.”
This insight is great to hear if true, because knowing how much Ford has loathed the Star Wars universe, it’s hard to believe that he provided any sort of help to the Solo film, but Kennedy makes it sound like Ford may know more about what motivates Han than anyone else. Deep down the grouchy Ford must truly appreciate his inner smuggler, which is good to know considering how much he has besmirched him over the years. I mean he did want him to die way back in 1983, so it’s not like Ford has held Han in the same regard as his Indiana character.
Apparently Ford’s Solo advising role also carried over to Ron Howard. Howard explained in the article that he also talked with Harrison to get insights on Han, and that Harrison gave him some great insights. Howard summed up their meeting by saying:
“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.”
It’s cool to know that Han, like Luke and Leia, was essentially abandoned at a young age, but unlike the Force Twins, Han never had any sort of stability in his younger days, so that’s why he’s so guarded and unsure of himself when we first meet him in A New Hope.
You can read the full article over on EW (below), but stay tuned for more Solo insights as they become available.
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