The Return of Han Solo

The Return of Han Solo
Are you as surprised as anyone that you ended up playing Han Solo again?

I was, um, delighted that they came up with a script and a director that created an ambition to be part of it. They found a way to make it interesting for me and, I'm confident, for the audience [as well]. J.J. Abrams is a director that I've admired for a long time, from the very first scripts he wrote — including Regarding Henry, which I was in. The product has matched and exceeded my expectations.

Over the years you had expressed mixed feeling about this particular part. You said you had outgrown it, you wouldn't return to it, etc.

I don't think I, no ... I didn't say I outgrew it. What I said was I thought we ought to kill him. And that was because I didn't have the imagination to recognize the potential in the future for the character. I was only going to do three of them; I wanted to use the character to supply some bass notes, some gravitas that I thought would be a useful — an emotional utility for the audience's investment. I thought to continue to be the wise-cracking cynic was not perhaps … You know, it was a suggestion. It got picked up by the press because I had the fundamental ignorance to fucking say it out loud.

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