Entertainment Harrison Ford spoke with Alden Ehrenreich about Han Solo character

16:51  08 february  2018
16:51  08 february  2018 Source:   bangshowbiz.com

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Alden Ehrenreich , star of the troubled young Han Solo spinoff movie, was not delivering a performance up to Lucasfilm’s standards, leading the studio to hire an acting coach late into production. Harrison Ford is Han Solo .

The living legend first brought the character of Han Solo to life back in 1977 and became synonymous with the smuggler over the course of four decades. Alden Ehrenreich has the monumental task of following Ford ’s footsteps.

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Harrison Ford gave Alden Ehrenreich some advice on how to play Han Solo in the 'Star Wars' spin-off.

The 75-year-old screen legend first portrayed the fan favourite space smuggler in the original trilogy starting with 'Episode IV: A New Hope', and then reprised his role in 2015's 'The Force Awakens' where his character was mercilessly killed by his own son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Now, Solo's origin story is coming to the big screen in Ron Howard's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that Ford met with Ehrenreich to give him some advice on taking on the mantle as the Millennium Falcon pilot, words which stayed with the 28-year-old actor.

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That was Harrison Ford ’s advice to Alden Ehrenreich , the man who would be Han , when they sat down for lunch in January of last year shortly before production began on Solo : A Star Wars Story.

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Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly: "It was perfect, classic Harrison. Good kid, good kid. Really good kid. I think being who Harrison is, there is no way he would step into the middle of this and start trying to dictate. What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read 'Star Wars', and what George [Lucas] had done with Han. Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed. He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out. I think that was really, really, helpful to him."

It wasn't just Ehrenreich who spoke with the 'Star Wars' legend but also filmmaker Howard - who took over production after Chris Miller and Phil Lord left due to creative differences - wanted to know what Ford had learned about the character.

Howard said: "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."

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