What Han Solo Apparently Sucks At In Star Wars 7

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Harrison Ford IS Han Solo.

A lot appears to have changed in a galaxy far, far away in the 32 years since we last saw Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” but when “Episode VII – The Force Awakens” debuts, Harrison Ford promises that a certain half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder will still be the roguish character we came to love in George Lucas’ original trilogy.

But in a cover story for Entertainment Weekly, the 73-year-old movie icon grudgingly admits he’s happy that he had the chance to reprise the character. “It could have felt silly, but it didn’t. In a new interview with EW, Ford reveals that the daring pilot still has plenty of familiar foibles in the next installment of the franchise. “We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting,” Ford admits. “And accounting for his own behavior. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth.” Emotional elements like being married to another user of the Force? Behind a private hangar door that’s slightly ajar, Harrison Ford breaks into a familiar crooked smile as he walks between a long-range, green-and-white Cessna Citation jet and a Bell Helicopter. I’m very practical about what I do, and how I do it… another day at the office,” Ford told EW’s Anthony Breznican. “I was glad that the character was still alive for me to play in this new iteration,” Ford told the magazine about his return in the movie that hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 18.

Some things don’t change.” According to Ford, the iconic character has never really left him, despite the passage of time — where has Han Solo been? “Well, he’s been living with me — out back, in the shack,” Ford says, pointing out that 32 years “is going to put some rings on the tree, some experience in the bank. Both injuries came from the crash landing Ford survived last March when his World War II-era training fighter suffered engine failure and fell out of the sky. “I’ve been flying for 20 years, and it was a very rare thing to happen,” he says. “It was a mechanical issue.

Some things don’t change.” Beyond that, he won’t be drawn on what to expect from his return to the franchise, saying that people “might make an elaborate conjecture” on who Solo has become, “but I think we answer that question in the film. It’s best left answered there.” While the recent theatrical trailer sees Han imparting some wisdom to newcomers Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) about the existence of The Force, Ford insists that his formerly cynical character hasn’t become the new wise, old sage of the saga. “There’s not an abandoning of the character,” he says. “He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness.

Make it your own.'” But as for any pangs of unease over someone else taking the part, “I never thought about it,” he swears. ” I got other things to worry about. It was the easiest aircraft to get into [that I’d still] be capable, and safe, to fly.” The character came to mean so much to so many of us that we yearned for at least part of him to be real. Few people can attest to being pure-hearted heroes like Luke Skywalker, but we’ve all got a little Solo in us: We’re reluctant do-gooders, at best. On the other hand, I’d like to think that he is very different at 30 than he is at around 70 … When you live a life, you’ve had loss, you’ve experienced love and family and epiphanies and tragedies and disappointments and surprises. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” he says, sitting at a round picnic table in the back of the hangar. “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?” The trailer for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” which premiered on Wednesday’s “Today” show, promises the same lovingly invasive family, more unsolicited sex talk from aunts, and an even bigger, fatter wedding than in the original 2002 indie blockbuster.

The story centers on a new generation, as the Oscar-nominated original film’s newlywed Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) now have a teenage daughter of their own, Paris (Elena Kampouris). As far as Ford is concerned, the franchise and the beloved characters belong to the fans, not the actors — “It’s not mine, it’s theirs,” he tells EW — so he doesn’t feel particularly proprietary, despite an upcoming Han Solo origin film being developed for release in 2018.

Toula and Ian attempt to reignite the romantic spark in their marriage, an effort that includes a car make-out scene interrupted by Toula’s father (Michael Constantine). Meanwhile, a weary Paris tries to extricate herself from her giant, smothering extended family, which flocks en masse to her school volleyball game and reacts in dismay at her plan to attend college far from home.

Even Ford (grudgingly) admits there’s a lot of real pilot in Solo. “Oh, I suppose there’s a kind of pride in the mastery of a machine,” he allows. Don’t have a favorite ice cream, or a favorite movie.” Ford then spots a metal toy plane in the corner that Liam, his now-teenage son with wife Calista Flockhart, used to ride around on when he was little. “Maybe that one there,” he deadpans. He has made no secret about preferring Indiana Jones to Han Solo, and he’s ready to put the fedora back on and jump into action for Indy 5 any time Steven Spielberg and the gang at Lucasfilm decide to get the ball rolling (so to speak.) “Oh, yeah. Abrams and others tried to pry the massive chunk of metal off the wounded actor, Ford started thinking ahead. “I knew that my leg was likely broken, and I didn’t know what other injuries there were,” he says. “I was mostly concerned about the long ambulance ride to London.” The accident happened at Pinewood Studios, about 20 miles outside the city. “I asked them to bring my cell phone over.” While Abrams strained his back trying to move the door, Ford called his buddy from the park with the air ambulance. Exhibit C: Ford doesn’t get all misty-eyed about Star Wars, another trait he shares with Solo. “He was always the cynical member of the original characters,” Ford says. “While we were invited to engage on the questions of some pretty arcane mysteries — the Force and the mythology that surrounds it — he was the guy who said, ‘What?

Come on.’ ” It’s what made the interplay between the characters work, he says. “There was a callow youth, a beautiful princess, a wise old warrior, and there was a smart-ass.” Ford is definitely that last one. Asked if he watched the Force Awakens trailer debut along with the rest of the world during halftime on Monday Night Football, he answers: “I was trying to watch the damn football game!” Only grudgingly does he admit that everything stopped for a moment at his home with Flockhart and their son while it aired.

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