I suppose for the majority of fans the return of Han Solo (aka Harrison Ford) one last time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a big surprise. Though, considering the level of leaks for that movie, there were a good many who already knew. Till now, Ford has not commented on the decision to return one last time after dying in The Force Awakens. However, the actor appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show last night and talked about just that. Catch the full video below in the source Link, or read on for the transcript.
Ford goes on to talk about how it was Abrams who persuaded him to come back and indicates he trusts the director knows what he is doing. He starts though, by saying why he thought it was a good idea for the series to have his character die in The Force Awakens.
“I figured that his utility had been exhausted, bled out, and was … well, I was willing to die for the cause. Bring some gravitas. No good deed goes unpunished. J.J. said, ‘This is a good idea. I, J.J., have decided that this is a good idea and I would like you to do it,'”
Then when asked if Ford trusted Abrams, Ford joked, “Don’t you?”
I know he was asking Jimmy that question, but my answer would be a resounding no. To this day despite some great ‘moments’ in The Force Awakens, I have never been impressed with an Abrams movie. It actually boggles my brain how Abrams has become so successful. Prior to Star Wars, I don’t think any of his movies really lit up the box office. As for my own personal taste, I didn’t like what he did with Star Trek. His Mission: Impossible movie was not as good for me as the ones that have come from Christopher McQuarrie since. This is just my opinion, but I think Abrams plagiarizes the work of his peers for a new generation that won’t watch old movies. That’s his thing, and it seems to be appealing enough that studios were recently fighting for his services.
Was bringing Harrison Ford back for that one moment necessary or even that great a scene? Perhaps the better option, of a recently deceased Leia, was just impossible due to the tragic passing of Fisher. I did not, however, dislike the scene in question, as some I have discussed the movie with did. Overall my issues with The Rise of Skywalker were loaded elsewhere. In fact, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo was the one character from this trilogy I think was excellent and I want to see more of. Irrespective of my sequel trilogy criticisms, I will always appreciate Adam Driver was amazing in all three movies. I do like a Ford interview, he reminds me of a cranky old grandpa, because, well he is a cranky old grandpa now.
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SOURCE: The Jimmy Kimmel Show