Would you believe that Harrison Ford actually helped on the set of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY?
Yes, the same Ford that had mix feelings upon finding out that a stand-alone film was being made of his most famous character to date. The same Ford that was happy Han finally died in The Force Awakens.
In the Solo packed new EW issue, it was revealed that Ford helped as an advisor on the set of the film. He not only signed off and approved on the script he helped Kathleen Kennedy, Ron Howard and of course Alden Ehrenreich on every aspect of the film. He shared everything that George Lucas shared to him about the origin and backstory of Solo.
Kennedy explained how much Ford did:
“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,” she explained.
“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.”
Ford’s counsel was also sought by Ron Howard when he came aboard the project last summer, following the firing of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Harrison’s a very thoughtful actor and an artist, and I wanted to know what he learned about the character,” Howard said.
“He said that Han is always torn between that sense that he was, in a way, an orphan, and therefore both yearned for a connection with people and struggled with it at the same time. I thought that was pretty interesting.”
“Han has survived and proven that he can survive, but he’s never sure he’s as quite as smart as he needs to be,” Howard said. “Change that. He’s not really ‘smart.’ That’s not the word he used. Han’s not as on top of it as he needs to be. So he wants to give the appearance of [control], but in fact, he’s often scrambling. I think Harrison played that beautifully, and Alden and I talked about both of those ideas a lot.”