Harrison Ford Dishes on His Difficult Early Acting Years: “What Worked Was …

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Harrison Ford Dishes on His Difficult Early Acting Years: “What Worked Was Simply Not Giving Up”.

At 40 years old, the acclaimed Hollywood hunk had already won audiences’ hearts in a handful of blockbuster roles, including Jack Trainer in Working Girl, the adventurous Indiana Jones, and—of course—as Han Solo in the beloved Star Wars franchise. News 23 years ago, despite decades of overwhelming fame, he couldn’t shake the memory of his early years as a struggling onscreen hopeful. “If I had known how hard it was when I set out to be an actor, I might have been deterred, but when I committed to that as something that I wanted, I began to understand that really part of what worked was simply not giving up,” he shared with E! News. “There was a certain process of attrition and a lot of the people that were in the group that came in at about the time that I came in…gave up along the way.” He certainly didn’t throw in the towel. While it’s almost impossible to forget Ford’s name today, he spent over a decade in the business before he landed the pivotal role of Han Solo—the character that arguably made him a cinematic legend. “I never gave up and I thought that that had a certain importance in finally prevailing,” he declared. “It’s not chances I like to take. The scene, titled Han Wars, Episode VII: The Search for Solo, begins with Star Wars-styled intro credits, flashing back to “a long three years ago in a hotel lobby in midtown…” An annoyed Ford meets Abrams to entertain his pitch, but he continuously refers to the director as “J” and refers to the sci-fi franchise as “the space thing.” A skeptical Ford, after bashing the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi, explains, “I don’t go back, man.

The Late Show host fumbles with his toy blaster, amplifying the awkwardness with his own sound effects, and enrages Ford with his idea for a new Solo direction. “Han Duo: Han and his brother, Fran, and we’re twins,” he says. “And one of them remembered to moisturize.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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