“Harrison Ford liked Solo very much and was supportive when he saw it. He was so gracious and complementary to Alden Ehrenreich”
Publicly Harrison Ford showed a great deal of support for Alden Ehrenreich when Solo: A Star Wars Story was initially released, but what did the Star Wars veteran really think about the youngster’s performance as the young Han Solo?
In the years that followed, director Ron Howard has always maintained that Ford’s support for the project was unswerving – and in a recent interview, the visionary director upped the ante even further by revealing Ford’s behind-closed-doors feelings. Talking to the “Lights, Camera, Barstool” podcast, Howard revealed that Ford liked the film very much!
“Harrison Ford liked Solo very much and was supportive when he saw it. He was so gracious and complementary to Alden Ehrenreich. He said some things publicly, but privately, it was really great to see him put his hand on Alden’s shoulder. and say, ‘great job kid’. Alden worked so hard and it was a very high-risk situation for him and he was a cool customer and was really a pleasure to work with, as was the entire cast, they are just a great bunch.”
If that isn’t enough of a seal of approval, Howard approached Ford about the project before taking over directorial duties following the departure of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over “Creative Differences”.
“Harrison’s a very thoughtful actor and an artist, and I wanted to know what he learned about the character. He said that Han is always torn between that sense that he was, in a way, an orphan, and therefore both yearned for connection with people and struggled with it at the same time. I thought that was pretty interesting.”
Stepping into the shoes of a screen icon was never going to be an easy task, but I loved Alden Ehrenreich‘s performance as Solo. No, it wasn’t perfect – but it had enough of the essence of Harrison Ford – and enough of Alden Ehrenreich’s charisma to be a success. I truly hope to see Ehrenreich revisit the character for Solo 2 – or better yet a young Han Solo Disney+ series.
His performance deserves no less. #MakeSolo2Happen
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Source: Lights, Camera, Barstool