10 Things You Didn't Know About Han Solo (Probably)
Aside from being a tall, green-skinned alien with gills instead of a nose, Han was originally envisioned as a Jedi.
The smuggler's personality was written to mirror that of Francis Ford Coppola's. George Lucas was simply blown away by the director's swagger and smooth-talking skills on the set of Apocalypse Now.
Harrison Ford is the only actor to have appeared in films directed by all three of the following: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and the aforementioned Coppola.
Both Chris Pine and Chris Pratt have sourced Solo as a major influence on their characters of Captain Kirk and Peter Quill respectively.
Firefly's set designers hid a miniature model of Han frozen in carbonite in multiple scenes throughout the show's short-lived run.
The first draft of The Empire Strikes Back saw Solo avoid his carbonite coffin to instead fly off in search of his stepfather, who he would then recruit into the Rebellion.
His BlasTech DL-44 blaster was modelled after the real life German Mauser C96 pistol. Moreover, one of the original props was previously used in the 1968 Frank Sinatra film The Naked Runner.
Due to Ford's ankle injury whilst on the set of the Millennium Falcon, production on The Force Awakens was delayed for around eight weeks.
Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for most of her scenes with Harrison. This was to account for the foot of difference between the two actors.
And, last but not least...
In the 2004 Dark Horse Comics tale “Into the Great Unknown”, Han and Chewie make a crazy and non-canonical jump through hyperspace. They wind up on a strange new world - Earth. More specifically, the Millennium Falcon crash-lands in the Pacific Northwest, where Solo is killed by Native Americans soon thereafter. His body is discovered a century later by none other than Indiana Jones and Short Round during their hunt for the legendary Sasquatch – who just so happens to be Chewbacca!
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