Harrison Ford is pretty straightforward when he talks about his time in the Star Wars universe. The actor hasn’t always enjoyed the franchise and he’s said so, numerous times over the years and has admitted (numerous times) that he wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Return of the Jedi. So, it came as a big shock when Harrison Ford announced in 2010 that he’d be open to returning to the Millennium Falcon and an even bigger shock when he ended up in 2015’s The Force Awakens. Now, Ford says that he was there to die and really didn’t “give a rat’s ass” about who took up the Star Wars torch after him.
In a new interview, Harrison Ford went back to being cranky about the Star Wars franchise again. He had a pretty solid run of being cordial about it, but now he’s back to being brutally honest about the role of Han Solo. When asked if he felt that he was passing the “baton” to John Boyega, Ford downplayed the idea. He had this to say.
“I don’t know that I thought of it that way at all. I was there to die. And I didn’t really give a rat’s ass who got my sword.”
Harrison Ford’s talk of Star Wars either goes one of two ways. Either he’s cordial and talks fondly about his experiences, or he goes in the complete opposite direction, physically recoiling when the franchise is brought up. This is definitely something that does not happen when interviewers bring up his other iconic role of Indiana Jones. Most of the negativity surrounding Star Wars appeared while promoting Return of the Jedi, but it’s a mystery as to why.
Which isn’t to say that Harrison Ford “hates” Star Wars, he just doesn’t hold it up as high as he does his other work. Ford put a lot of work into the first two movies of the original trilogy, trying to shape Han Solo and make him his own. The actor famously rewrote the dialogue in his style into the margins of his scripts and worked closely with George Lucas to try and improve the dialogue. Harrison Ford once delivered the popular quote to Lucas about his dialogue, saying, “George, you can type this sh!t, but you sure as hell can’t say it.”
Harrison Ford can do and say whatever he wants. It’s refreshing to hear a Star Wars actor say that they didn’t really care all that much about what happens after he/she leaves. And deep down, Ford probably cares a bit more than he’s willing to admit. He took Alden Ehrenreich out to lunch to give him advice about playing the young smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which proves that he gives a little bit of a rat’s ass about his legacy in the Star Wars universe. You can read the rest of the interview with Harrison Ford over at New York Times.