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Harrison Ford Was ‘Thoughtful’ About The Force Awakens’ Biggest Moment

by Mike Futter on Feb 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

While it’s been a few months since Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release, we’ll warn you up front that there are spoilers throughout this story. Turn back now if you haven’t seen the film.

If you’re still here, you likely knew what the headline was about before clicking in. Harrison Ford hasn’t spoken much about how he felt about his big scene in The Force Awakens, but an interview with director J.J. Abrams reveals a bit about the actor’s reaction.

Han Solo’s demise at the hands of Kylo Ren was one of the most shocking things the Star Wars universe has thrown our way. The manner of his death, while telegraphed in the moments leading up to the act, still made many of us gasp. However, Ford was “thoughtful” and understood when the situation was presented to him.

According to an interview with Fandango Movieclips, Abrams says that Ford always believed that Han needed to have “utility.” In fact, the actor campaigned for his character’s death during the original trilogy, but George Lucas had other plans.

“In this case there was such a clear utility -- it's about bringing this new villain to the fore, and there's nothing I could think of that is more hideous than patricide, especially when it comes to Han Solo,” Abrams said. Still, the loss of one of Star Wars most beloved characters was a blow to fans. We still have hope that there is a deeper meaning behind it.

[Source: Fandango]