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Harrison Ford Thinks Indiana Jones Is More Interesting Than Han Solo

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 8, 2014 12:48 PM
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As the wait continues for "Star Wars: Episode 7," it's probably a good time to take a look back at how we all got here, and that's what Entertainment Weekly has done. A new piece from the magazine dives into the journey of Harrison Ford, who has long, long said he had zero interest in ever playing Han Solo again...only to play Han Solo again in J.J. Abrams' film. A prickly interview subject at best, the actor tells it straight when it comes his opinion on, well, anything and it'll be interesting to hear what he has to say about his reversal when the press rounds for 'Episode 7' get underway. For now though, it's interesting to see just how little he cared for Han Solo over the years.

Recapping interview in 2008, during the rounds for "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull," Ford made it clear to EW that he's much more interested in the action hero historian than the lawless pilot. “He’s got a good heart, but I think he’s certainly a much less interesting character than Indiana Jones,” the actor said. “The breadth of his story utility was never extensive. He was the foil between the other more compelling elements of the film, between the sage old warrior and the young hero. There’s not much breadth of character to explore beyond what we got out of him.”

Indeed, Ford has long said he wants to return for "Indiana Jones 5" (Disney owns the rights, by the way), and he cares so little for Han Solo, he once advocated for killing him off in "Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return Of The Jedi." “I talked about it,” Ford said. “I thought it would be fascinating to have him die and give the movie some emotional bottom. It wasn’t a heroic arc so much that I was interested in but giving the film some emotional strength.” Clearly, that didn't happen. Maybe he'll get his wish in 'Episode 7'?

So, what do you think? Is Ford right that Indy is a richer character than Han, or should he just get over carrying the "burden" of two of the most iconic big screen heroes of all time? Let us know below.

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9 Comments

  • MK | May 15, 2014 8:49 PMReply

    He was enjoyable, but honestly Han Solo had so little depth, I wouldn't have given two s***s if he died in Return of the Jedi. (Or anyone else for that matter.)

  • Boba Fett | May 10, 2014 11:33 PMReply

    The real story is that they're making a movie all about me. If Han is a minor supporting character, then what am I? CHOPPED LIVER?

  • Dan | May 9, 2014 5:21 PMReply

    The Star Wars "franchise" is much bigger than the Indiana Jones movie "franchise", but the Indiana Jones character is definitely bigger/better than the Han Solo character.

  • Matt | May 8, 2014 4:41 PMReply

    Honestly... I don't think either of them really have much depth, they are action heroes. It's just the difference between a lead and a supporting role.

  • hank | May 8, 2014 2:22 PMReply

    no shit. Indiana Jones was the lead, all 4 movies were named after him. Han Solo was a nice contrarian element, but a supporting character and sidekick at best. Which would you prefer if you were Harrison Ford? Let's just hope they aren't trying to turn Han Solo into a lead in Episode VII.

  • Lee | May 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    Actually it's 3 movies named after him. The first is called "Raiders of the Lost Ark," no matter what the disc box says.

  • Mark | May 8, 2014 3:49 PM

    Apparently, they are.

  • Rod | May 8, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    absolutely correct. Solo is cool but has no depth whatsoever. he's a space trucker with a souped up truck and a lapdog. through some hijinks and finagling hooks up with a space princess, has a bad day when double-crossed by an old friend he, in turn, once betrayed, and helps bring down the government with the help of a space squid and midget furries.

    um, i'm not entirely certain i made my case here....

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | May 8, 2014 3:31 PM

    Nah, you made it quite definite there. That's the story surrounding Han Solo that's engaging (at this point, anyone who loves Star Wars - at least the original three films - can admit that the story overall is what drew them into coming back for each one, even Return of the Jedi).

    Han's status as a cool character is superficial at best (especially now that all the expanded universe stories were ruled strictly non-canon). Not that anyone who is a fan of the character should dislike him though.

    Ford is absolutely right about Indy being the more interesting one. This is a character where we've not only seen him confront his fears but also how he dealt with his relationship with his father (just to name a few key pieces of development that help make him more than just the "guy in a hat and jacket that finds himself in adventurous situations"/hero stereotype). Being able to get at least ONE more good film featuring the character would be fantastic. Anything to wipe away the brown streak left by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would be welcomed.

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