Why Harrison Ford is the Real Force Behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Did J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford create any more epic Han Solo moments?
Behind the scenes on Star Wars: The Force AwakensHarrison Ford was again a true force in piloting the epic saga.
“Everyone on the crew would get excited,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told PEOPLE about filming the new movie with fan-favorite characters like Ford’s Han Solo. “You walk down to the Millennium Falcon [set], and you had the new characters doing a scene and in walks Chewie and Harrison. That’s just icing on the cake.”
The hope is that Ford and director J.J. Abrams have created more epic Han Solo moments.
Even though Ford isn’t a fanboy, nobody obsesses over Star Wars scripts on set like he does. He cemented Solo in pop culture a long time ago while filming The Empire Strikes Back when he refused to simply reply, “I love you too,” the scripted reply to Princess Leia’s “I love you.” Doing multiple ad-lib takes with Empire director Irvin Kershner, Ford finally said the legendary line that felt right for Solo: “I know.”
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What lines did Ford come up with this time to Leia? To Chewbacca? To Luke? Ahead of the film’s premiere, he isn’t saying. Instead, Ford describes his time on set to PEOPLE, “It was fun to see some old friends, to be involved in something that I knew was much anticipated, to work with J.J., who brought great energy, passion and clear focus to the whole event.”
Ford is similarly tight-lipped about his scenes alongside newcomers John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey). “They are very nice people, hard-working, intelligent actors, and they have created wonderful performances,” he says.
Abrams will only admit, “Some scenes were much harder than others, and those are always the scenes that seem like they will be the simplest. It’s two people talking in a space, and they’re always the ones that are the most critical, because if you don’t buy those moments, nothing big matters.”
All will be revealed when the film premieres on Dec. 18. In what may be a good sign, Ford gave a trademark Han Solo quip when we asked him how he’ll be celebrating the premiere: “I’m not.”