The BBC recently caught up with veteran Harrison Ford to have a chat about all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens! He had only good things to say about the franchise, and how well the new team behind it has been handling the pressure!
When asked what it was that convinced him to reprise his role as the infamous “scruffy looking nerf herder,” he said:
“I think it mostly lay in the telling of the stories of his relationships with other characters in the story. And the part he plays in the progression of the story, mostly through his relationships with the new young actors – Daisy Ridley and John Boyega principally in this new story. And it had to do with the opportunity to work with my friend JJ Abrams, whose work I have admired for a long time.”
Shockingly, Ford said he put aside nostalgia “Completely,” as he tackled this project. “I don’t think nostalgia is very useful to me. There is a story to be told, there’s behaviour to create or to bring to the screen that will help tell that story, and nostalgia is just not really a big part of my emotional package anyway.”
According to Ford, apparently it was easy to do! “Yeah, you’re there to bring some aspect of truth or recognizability to the moment for the audience.”
Ford then had a chance to wax lyrical about dear old Han Solo! “Each of the characters has a part to play, and there are people in the audience for each of the characters. Princess Leia has people that relate to her more strongly than other characters. The same with Luke Skywalker.”
“Of the character that I play, who had a kind of ironic distance from the mythology, I think many people identified with that point of view, and so embraced the character of Han Solo.”
Ford continues, “This new opportunity to play the character again recognizes a passage of time, and there are indications in the film about how he came to develop, how the relationships between him and other characters have developed off-screen and so it adds some degree of interest and there are new aspects of his nature, perhaps, which we’ll see.”
Watch the BBC interview with Ford and another with Director JJ Abrahms here!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released December 17th in the UK and 18th in the US!
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