Next year, Star Wars fans will have a chance to see respected actor woody Harrelson take on a role in the standalone Han Solo movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, it almost never came to pass. As he revealed to The Toronto Sun, Harrelson initially rejected the offer to join the film. The reason? Well, it’s pretty simple. His family wanted to see him.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I brought it up to my family — they didn’t want me doing it. They wanted me to come home, and understandably. I did turn it down. Then I did end up doing it. And I’m glad, because the friendships I’ve formed now [on the movie], I can’t imagine not knowing these guys.”
Hard to believe anyone would ever turn down the prospect of a Star Wars film, especially given the positive trajectory of the franchise, right? Well, it’s more understandable given how long Harrelson’s been in the business and how exhausted he must be from filming constantly. He’s not someone looking to explode in a big way anymore, as much as he’s interesting in finding interesting, dynamic roles to take on.
To many, working in Hollywood in any capacity seems like a dream job. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t come with its own set of sacrifices. Among those sacrifices is having to be away from family for long periods of time. It applies to mostly filmmakers who travel around the world to work on sets. This includes directors, actors, producers, and plenty other position.
Luckily for Star Wars fans, this didn’t prevent Harrelson from ultimately taking on the role.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.
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SOURCE: The Toronto Sun