What was it like playing one of the most iconic Star Wars characters in the franchise history? Does he pull off a younger version of Harrison Ford? Speaking of – we have the inside scoop following that now infamous surprise on Entertainment Tonight! Read all about it in this exclusive Alden Ehrenreich Interview!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Exclusive Alden Ehrenreich Interview #SoloMovie
“The only thing better than one Han Solo is two.” While Alden was being interviewed on ET Harrison Ford crashed his interview – leaving Alden speechless! You can see that moment here. Following that on-camera interview, Alden stepped into our room, still dazed from what had just occurred, and took a minute to center himself so he could answer our questions.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 13, 2018
How much of it is Harrison Ford and how much of it is your own?
Alden shares, “I’m in sort of a daze, because I was just doing an interview and he came up behind me and it was just wonderful. And I haven’t talked to him since I met with him for lunch before we shot.” After collecting himself he answers, “something that was really important to me was to make it feel like a real person, you’re watching a real person going through something. You also want to feel a kind of continuity that you could grow into that guy. I basically started by watching all the original movies, very early on, and kind of trying to just absorb as much as of that as I could, so that when it came time to actually do it, I wouldn’t be thinking a lot about it.”
What was that one Han Solo quirk that you made sure you nailed and how?
“I think one of the qualities about him that I really love [is] there’s a moment in A New Hope where they’re pinned in a corner and they don’t know what to do and he just starts yelling at the top of his lungs and running at them. And I feel like that’s a great quintessential thing of the essence of this guy.”
You just saw him, did he tell you his reaction to the movie?
“He loved it, he thought it was awesome, he thought it worked like gangbusters.”
What was it like doing the pilot scenes (in the Millennium Falcon)?
“That was really one of the best parts of the whole shoot,” Alden shares. “There’s two things that are really cool. One is that you sit down and it’s really fun and you can’t believe you’re there and it’s really surreal. And the other thing is about two months in and you’re in there every day and you realize you kind of know what button does what and you know how the yoke feels and you know how the chair sits and you kind of you feel like it’s yours.”
After you got the part, what was your first thought and what did you do?
“Your mind is blown. You’re just in a daze such as I am right now. It’s so thrilling and so exciting. And after I found out, I’m not allowed to tell anybody. So I was like well I should find a way to celebrate this. So I went to the beach and the [Santa Monica] pier and I just rode a roller coaster by myself.”
Han and Chewie have such a great camaraderie, did you and Joonas work on that?
Alden describes that those are some of his favorite scenes to film, saying “The main thing with that is that him and I had a lot of time to do training together. We were kind of the only cast members who were there in advance. And so we ended up just hanging out and doing stunt training and boxing and stuff like that together for a long time, which was really great. And he’s the whole package, he’s seven feet tall with blue eyes. He went to film school, he is hilarious. He’s just perfect for it. Also he has this big heart and exudes that and you really feel it.”
What will fans like the most?
“Well I think so much of the fun of it. It’s like you get to watch these things that you know and are familiar with and love come into place and how they all add up to making him the Han that we see later on. That means so much to people.”
What is your favorite Star Wars film?
I think Empire Strikes Back. I love Yoda a lot. And I just think it’s really cool to have a movie this kind of movie with so much like real wisdom in it and this kind of deep philosophical background that’s put into terms that are so clear and communicable to so many people. And it’s just cool…..”
I hope you enjoyed this Alden Ehrenreich Interview! He was a pleasure to interview; so calm and collected. I can’t wait for you guys to see SOLO: A Star Wars Story so you can see him in action. Look for more exclusive cast interviews this week!
Get ready for SOLO: A Star Wars Story in theaters May 25th!