Just don’t ask him what a Force Ghost is!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was packed full of easter eggs, fan service and big surprises, but perhaps the biggest eyebrow-raiser of them all was Han Solo‘s unexpected return. Even though Han perished during the finale of The Force Awakens, the character appeared in Episode IX, not as a Force Ghost, but as a figment of Ben Solo’s imagination; and in doing so persuaded his son to abandon the dark side and begin a quest for redemption.
The shock cameo wasn’t only a surprise for Star Wars fans, but also for Harrison Ford. The actor recently sat down with USA today and offered a window into how the cameo came about.
“When J.J. asked me to do it, I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’m dead!’ He said, ‘Sorta dead. You can do this.’ He hadn’t written anything at that time,” Ford told USA Today. “But he said, ‘This is going to be great.’ So I said okay. If JJ asked you do something, you’d probably do it too. He’s a very persuasive guy.”
Ford continued by explaining that another big reason behind his return was the prospect of working with Adam Driver again.
“It was a useful addition to the story and the continuing development of Adam Driver’s character,” he added. “And the chance to do another scene with Adam was great. Last time, it didn’t turn out so well for me,” he said. “But it worked for him.”
Thankfully, Ford wasn’t asked to return as a “Force Ghost”, as the Star Wars veteran still has no idea what a Force Ghost is … nor does he care! He continued by saying:
“A Force Ghost? I don’t know what a Force Ghost is,” Ford said. “I have no f***ing idea what a Force Ghost is. And I don’t care.”
Leave it Harrison Ford to bring the mysterious aspects of the galaxy far, far away down to earth with a bump. You’ve gotta love the guy. He has the unswerving ability to remain grounded when we, the fans continue to dream about the greater meaning behind the iconic saga. Just don’t ask him about Force Ghosts!
Harrison Ford returns to the screen for “Call of the Wild” on February 21st.
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Source: USA Today