GQ has been lavishing some kind attention toward the leading men of Star Wars recently. British GQ named Mark Hamill their Icon of the Year, and now Harrison Ford is featured in a cover story for GQ in their latest issue. He discusses his return to the role of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049, returning to Indiana Jones, Star Wars, flying, family, and more.
You can read the full interview here. A few Star Wars-related highlights can be found below:
Ford’s least expected late-career reprise was his return to the world of Star Wars. “I was surprised,” he concedes. The first call came from George Lucas. “It was proposed that I might make another appearance as Han Solo. And I think it was mentioned, even in the first call, that he would not survive. That’s something I’d been arguing for for some period of time”—Ford had unsuccessfully lobbied for Solo to die in Return of the Jedi in 1983—“so I said okay.”
Was that a necessity for you to be involved?
“Not necessarily. But it was, you know, an interesting development of the character.”
When it comes to ‘Star Wars’, given the nature of science fiction, are you absolutely, incontrovertibly—
—finished with ‘Star Wars’?
“Um, I mean, I’m finished with Star Wars if Star Wars is finished with me.”
And if ‘Star Wars’ isn’t finished with you?
“I can’t imagine it. But it is science fiction.”
He pauses and considers what he has just said, maybe realizing that he is leaving the door a little further ajar than he means to.
“I’d rather not,” he concludes. “You know, at this point I’d rather do something else. Just because it’s more interesting to do something new.”
He also briefly addresses the loss of Carrie Fisher and the revelations of their relationship in her last book, The Princess Diarist.
How strange for you was it when Carrie Fisher put out her ‘Star Wars’ book?
“It was strange. For me.”
Did you have any advance warning?
“Um, to a degree. Yes.”
And what did you think?
“Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know. You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss.”
Can I ask you whether you’d prefer that it hadn’t been written?
“Yes. You can ask me.”
Do you want to answer?
Can I ask you whether you read it?
“No. I didn’t.”
Source: GQPowered by Sidelines