Who knew that Ron Howard, George Lucas’ actor in American Graffiti, would go on to be such a prolific director? And what are the odds he’d actually direct a film from the franchise that made George Lucas a household name?
Ron Howard recently spoke about the expectations of making a Star Wars film at a press junket for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and our own Gig Patta was on the scene:
“Well, it’s its own, it’s the galaxy far, far away and, ah, you know, and you… the level of anticipation is really unlike anything I’ve done. Even some pretty big titles with a lot of, a lot of an interest. And you… you know, you fall into it and it’s amazing. It was a little bit… I began to recognize, you know, as something similar to the Beatles documentary that I took on, because I, you know, I’m at a point in my life where I like experimenting, I like to take some chances. I’m not too, you know, not too, not too worried about the outcome. I wanted to have the creative experience and… and I sort of felt that way about jumping into a Star Wars movie. But I also felt that way about jumping into the Beatles documentary and then I could tell from the moment it was announced, Ron, don’t f*** this up… So I immediately, you know, felt the same thing as related to this. Of course, of course, that, you know, the fans care. And they should care.”
Howard seems to have the right idea, try to honor the fans but don’t let the fear of the Star Wars legacy keep you paralyzed or make you opposed to taking chances.
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