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Harrison Ford Wanted George Lucas to Kill Off Han Solo in 'Empire'

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In this 2011 file photo, Actor Harrison Ford's Han Solo character from 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' is shown on screen while musicians perform during 'Star Wars: In Concert' at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By    |   Monday, 09 Jun 2014 05:31 PM

Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Han Solo in the “Star Wars: Episode VII” film despite years of taking a so-so attitude toward the character and even reportedly telling George Lucas at one point that Solo should be killed off.

According to Entertainmentwise, franchise creator Lucas told Deadline that Ford begged him to kill off the Solo character during "The Empire Strikes Back."

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"Harrison kept yelling through the whole thing, 'Kill me! Kill me! Kill me!'" Lucas reportedly told Deadline. "I said, 'Harrison, I can't kill you. I need you at the end of the next movie. There's this love thing going on. But I'll do the next best thing. I'll put you in a slab of concrete and ship you off to Mars.'"

In other interviews in the last decades, Ford has expressed his distaste, usually for the intelligence, of Han Solo.

Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican said Ford told him bluntly about the smart-aleck intergalactic playboy he played: "He’s dumb as a stump."

In an article detailing Ford’s history with the "Star Wars" roles, Breznican said “fans reacted with the equivalent of a joyful Wookiee roar” on the news that Ford would actually return for Episode VII.

It hadn’t looked good at first. Ford has seemed to have a love-hate relationship with the role, alternately slamming the character and then making comments like, "It's a real American story and it has a mythological quality to it," about the Star Wars movies.

But no matter what the actor said about Solo’s intelligence, he seemed to put his heart into making the films.

Case in point, The Huffington Post said, would be Ford changing Solo's response to Princess Leia’s admission of love from “I love you too” as written in the script to “I know.” He argued that the change showed his emotion for Leia.

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Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Han Solo in the "Star Wars: Episode VII" film despite years of taking a so-so attitude toward the character and even reportedly telling George Lucas at one point that Solo should be killed off.
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