As Entertainment Weekly‘s coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story continues, star Alden Ehrenreich talks a bit about taking on the role of such an iconic character, including his understanding of the younger version of Han Solo, and advice he received from Harrison Ford.
You can check out a few spoiler-free excerpts below:
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Ron describes Solo as a film noir/western. Han is a hardscrabble kid trying to make a name for himself in the underworld, but his decency holds him back. That sound about right?
ALDEN EHRENREICH: Something like that, yes.
Tell me your perspective on it. How would you characterize the journey this character is on?
I think it tells the story of a young man pursuing a dream to get out of his pretty rough upbringing, and a lot of the story is him trying to make this dream come true and finding out that it’s a lot harder than he had imagined.
I know you had lunch with Harrison to talk things over.
He’s great. He is a real gentleman, too.
Could share some of what he was able to tell you about playing this character?
He said a great thing when I met him. “Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.”
Yeah, but … You can tell me. [Eyebrow flash]
[Laughs] No, I gotta stick to my orders from the man himself.
All right. I respect that.
I wanted to meet him because I just felt generally it wouldn’t be right to do the movie without some kind of contact with him, and I’m really glad I did. He was very, very supportive. And it’s just cool to have lunch with Harrison Ford.
You can read the complete interview at EW.com.
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