Thursday, December 2, 2021

Christopher Walken didn’t come ‘remotely close’ to play Han Solo

Christopher Walken has insisted he didn’t come “far from close” to play Han Solo in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Harrison Ford, 79, first portrayed the fan-favorite space smuggler in the original trilogy, beginning with 1977’s “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

And the 78-year-old Oscar-winner has insisted he was not the second choice for the part in director George Lucas’ blockbuster sci-fi franchise.

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, he said: “I auditioned [for ‘Star Wars’] But I don’t think I’ve come very close to getting a job.

“About 500 other actors auditioned, so it wasn’t like it was me and anyone else.”

The “Dear Hunter” star also auditioned for the role of Ryan O’Neill for the role of Oliver Barrett IV in the 1970 film “Love Story,” but admitted he was not the man for either film.

Christopher said: “I was lucky [to have been rejected from both films] Because I would have been terrible in them.”

Meanwhile, Stephen Merchant recently revealed that he went to the US to meet the ‘Annie Hall’ star as he wanted her to play a role in ‘The Outlaws’.

“The Office” co-creator, 46, had to take drastic measures to convince Christopher, who has no mobile phone or email address, to join his BBC One series.

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They said: “Chris doesn’t use a phone and doesn’t have a computer, so it was a little hard to contact him. I ended up having this very glamorous weekend where I went to Los Angeles to go to the SAG Awards. He The movie ‘Jojo Rabbit’.

“On the way back, someone said, ‘Chris may see you on the way home.’

“So I flew out of this glamorous awards ceremony to New York, and then to Connecticut, and met Chris at his house. We spent hours chewing on fat and the next thing I knew he had to do it. Agreed.”

Christopher plays the un-reformed con-artist and womanizer Frank in the play, which centers a group of law breakers in Bristol who are thrown together to fulfill a community service sentence.

Stephen – who wrote the screenplay and directed the series – played Greg, a lawyer who gets caught soliciting in a car park.

The series will air later this year on BBC One and will also be available on Amazon Prime Video.

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