Being invited to work as part of any major film series - particularly one that's been around long enough for the actors to be legitimate fans of the series - - has got to be a dream for most actors. Awards are all well and good, after all, but how often do you get to be in a MCU movie or Star Wars or Indiana Jones? And when you're literally playing characters as famous as Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, it must be even more exciting.
So what does Star Wars mean to the actors given that chance?
To celebrate the in-home launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we have quotes from the all-star cast about their journey to the Millennium Falcon… and beyond. What was it like to walk on to the iconic Star Wars set for the very first time? Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Phoebe Waller-Bridge explain all.
The story of the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy is on a lightspeed course for homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on September 14, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on September 25.
6. Alden Ehrenreich - Han Solo
“Star Wars has always meant a lot to me. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved everything about it. I had all the toys. I had a Phantom Menace poster on my wall, which had Anakin Skywalker with the shadow of Darth Vader. It’s an unbelievably good poster.”
“Right before we started shooting the movie, I wanted to talk to Harrison Ford, just to pay respect and have him give us his blessing on the film. We had lunch two years ago, and he was really encouraging and supportive. He is so effusive about the movie, which means so much to me. I know it’s also a huge deal to Ron [Howard] and Kathleen [Kennedy] to have him genuinely enjoy the film.”
“As soon as I was cast in the role, I did as much research as possible. First of all, I sat down and watched the movies. I watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace through The Force Awakens straight away. At that point, those were all the movies that had been made.”
“This project is bigger than you can wrap your head around. It’s wonderful. Stepping into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon is especially surreal. You get in there and you can’t believe you’re inside. It’s an amazing feeling. That’s the set everyone wants to see when they visit you at work. They want to have that experience, too. After a couple of months of shooting, you’re inside the Millennium Falcon and you’re flying it; you know where all the buttons are and you know how the chair feels. That’s when you go, ‘Okay, this is my ship now.’ That feeling was deeply gratifying.”