If you’ve been a Star Wars fan long enough, you know that actor Harrison Ford — who gave us the swagger and sarcasm that is Han Solo from 1977 onward — really does not care about the franchise.
Ford has long been vocal about his dislike of Star Wars, even going out of his way to avoid interview questions and events related to the Skywalker Saga.
Despite playing Solo in five of the nine Skywalker Saga films — Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), and a cameo in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) — Ford’s opinion about the franchise is not a positive one.
As CinemaBlend points out, this is in stark contrast to his co-star, actor Mark Hamill, who has gone out of his way to engage and embrace Star Wars fans for over 40 years:
Mark Hamill, bless his soul, has really given everything to the Star Wars franchise. He’s of course had other projects outside it, but he’s been the biggest cheerleader, champion and voice for the fans. He drops heartfelt letters. He calls out bad behavior. Sometimes he even trolls on purpose, but it’s all because he truly cares about the movies and the fandom. He’s always willing to show up for new appearances. He appreciates the unique role he’s found himself in and embraces that. It’s really something to be admired.
The duo, in spite of their differences, maintain a friendship thanks to their years of Star Wars history, starting with Lucas’s original installment in the ’70s. Nonetheless, earlier this year, Ford made clear exactly how little he knows — or cares — about the intricacies of a galaxy far, far away.
Twitter account Star Wars Facts posted this particular February 2020 Harrison Ford quote about Force ghosts again this week and it has — once again — gone viral.
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The caption reads:
When Harrison Ford was asked if Han Solo was a Force ghost in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, his answer was ‘I have no f****** idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care’
When Harrison Ford was asked if Han Solo was a Force ghost in 'The Rise of Skywalker', his answer was 'I have no fucking idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care' pic.twitter.com/YI9laE2Y7J
— Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) December 24, 2020
Ford — who had no involvement in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), in which Alden Ehrenreich played a young Han Solo and Donald Glover played a young Lando Calrissian — has had an illustrious Hollywood career outside of Star Wars, with movie credits like Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones series, 42 (2014), What Lies Beneath (2000), Air Force One (1997), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and Apocalypse Now (1979).
Next, Ford is set to reprise his role as Indy in the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones installment, set to release in 2021. The movie will be filming on the heels of Sir Sean Connery’s death — Connery played Indiana Jones’s dad, Henry Jones Sr., in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Ford is currently 78-years-old and seemingly has no plans to reprise his iconic role in any additional Star Wars film endeavors in the future. Of course, one can never say never when it comes to the return of any Star Wars character.
Also, don’t miss Wonder Woman 1984 — directed by the next Star Wars film’s Patty Jenkins — in which current Hollywood star, Chris Pine, claims to have a “Harrison Ford moment.”
What do you think about Harrison Ford’s opinion of Star Wars? Had you heard his Force ghost comment previously or are you catching it the second time around?