Harrison Ford Says Han Solo Is Still Bad at Accounting

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 11:19AM
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 11:19AM
Harrison Ford Says Han Solo Is Still Bad at Accounting
Han Solo was always the cynic of the original Star Wars trilogy, shrugging off talk about the Dark Side and other supernatural aspects of the mythology. But in the intervening years since Return of the Jedi, he's apparently become a believer, as he's seen telling Rey and Finn in the Force Awakens trailers that "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real." In a new, wide-ranging interview with EW, Ford assures fans that the character isn't becoming another Obi-Wan, but is still the same old rogue, money problems and all.

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"There's not an abandoning of the character," Ford said. "He does not aspire to the position of Obi-'Ben' Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth."
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He went on to say that although Han has developed as a person, the beloved character is essentially unchanged when we see him three decades later:

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"We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting," said Ford. "And accounting for his own behavior. There's a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don't change."
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Ford's devil-may-care attitude about the Star Wars franchise has remained unchanged as well, if his response to Oscar Isaac's attempt at method acting is any indication. Isaac asked Ford for advice about the motivations for his character, presumably as both a pilot and a Han Solo successor, but Ford was having none of it.

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"I said, 'Just make s–t up!'" Ford said. "I mean, it's a movie, man. It's space. You don't fly in space the way you do in an atmosphere. I don't know any more than George [Lucas] knew how to fly the Millennium Falcon when I first got in. 'How do you fly this, George?' [nasally, mumbling impersonation of George Lucas] "'Well, I don't know, you just flip switches, and, errrr…'' 'Ooookay!'"
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Ford has long had a teasing relationship with Lucas, often making fun of his incomprehensible dialogue:

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"Well, you try and say, 'It takes a few minutes for the navicomputer to calculate the coordinates,'" said Ford. "Move your mouth, George, while you're typing! It'll help!"
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Ford claims to be so disconnected from nostalgia, he barely even watched the new Force Awakens trailer:

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"I was trying to watch the damn football game! We were in the middle of preparing dinner and doing homework, and… Just watching it over our shoulder."
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But all that being said, he still truly appreciates Star Wars fans, as we saw when he got choked up at the 6,000-person crowd at San Diego Comic Con:

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"Well, it was touching. I don't know how one could not be moved by that," he said. "[Star Wars is] not mine, it's theirs. I just work here."
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And finally, when asked the infamous question, "Who shot first?", Ford has an infuriating, but very Han Solo-esque answer:

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[Shakes his head and spreads his arms with a smile.] "Knock yourself out," he said. "Have fun with it."
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