J.J. Abrams Reveals How Harrison Ford Reacted When He Found Out About That Big Scene In ‘The Force Awakens’


If you haven’t seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” yet then this article probably isn’t for you as well be heading into spoiler territory.

Those of you that have seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” know that there was a big death in the film, a HUGE death. After making his fourth appearance in a Star Wars film so far, Han Solo was killed, but he wasn’t killed by just anyone. Han Solo was killed by his own son, Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren.

The murder of Han Solo at the hands of his own son was used to show that Kylo Ren is now fully committed to the dark side of the force. Of course fans were crushed to lose Han Solo as he’s been a beloved member of the Star Wars universe for quite some time. But most Star Wars fans are familiar with the fact that Harrison Ford urged George Lucas to kill Han Solo during the original trilogy. Lucas and Ford worked it all out and Solo survived, that is until “The Force Awakens.”

So how did Harrison Ford feel when he finally found out he was getting his wish? J.J. Abrams recently spoke to Fandango about Harrison Ford’s reaction and you can see what he had to say below:

“He was very thoughtful about it, and he got it. He understood why it was so powerful. And I think part of it was because Harrison himself — Han, the character — has so much ahead of him. Has so much life and fight and adventure — that this was the time to do that thing. If we felt like the character was sort of at the end of his days, it wouldn’t have been as powerful. The thing that made it potentially meaningful wasn’t just who does it and how it happened, but that it’s a character that is so vital that is meeting his demise. I’ll also say that Harrison’s always said that he knew that Han needed to have clear utility, and that’s what he wanted to do. And that’s why he argued back in the day that Han should die and George [Lucas] didn’t want to do it. And I don’t know what his utility in that regard would’ve been, though I’m sure Harrison would’ve come up with a clever pitch for it. But 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.”

You can check out the full audio of the interview below.