Kurt Russell Explains that Time He Auditioned for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker

Kurt Russell Star Wars

“The rumor is that I ‘turned down Star Wars,’ and I didn’t turn down Star Wars. But that’s the fun history of that” – Kurt Russell

When it came to movies that dropped around the holidays, The Hateful Eight was probably the last one on the list that made people feel all jolly and merry inside. A western set in a Wyoming winter penned by Quentin Tarantino, audiences knew it was going to be a gruesome one. While the blood and gore was artful thanks to The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero, it didn’t stand a chance when it came to topping the box office thanks to a little movie opening around the same time called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There were no hard feelings though between Hateful star Kurt Russell and the sci-fi saga though. He did have a history with the film that he opened up about to The Daily Beast. After setting things straight on the fact that he auditioned not only for Han Solo but Luke Skywalker he said, “That was back in the day when all the usual suspects in their twenties would roll in there, and it was early 1976 because at the same time was a television western called The Quest that they were offering me. I really loved the part. It came down to these things, and I was in there on Star Wars and remember asking George [Lucas] one day, ‘Do you think you’re going to use me or not?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know which part I prefer you in. I don’t know if I like you as Han and this guy as Skywalker, or this guy as Han and you as Skywalker. I don’t know.’ I said, ‘I gotta make a decision on this Western and I gotta go to work,’ and he said, ‘I just can’t give you an answer.’ So I said, ‘All right, I’m going to go take this western and there will be one less guy to think about.’ I don’t know if he would’ve hired me.”

The 64-year-old actor then went on to say, “The rumor is that I ‘turned down Star Wars,’ and I didn’t turn down Star Wars. But that’s the fun history of that. You know, it was pretty fun because George taped it, and I had no idea what I was saying. I’m talking about a Millennium Falcon and however long it took to get from here to there and the Death Star. So we’re just doing stuff having no idea what you’re talking about and no idea what you’re doing.”

While he never made it to a galaxy far, far away – Kurt has had quite the career with his latest being The Hateful Eight, out now.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/daniel-day-lewis-phantom-thread.jpg
Daniel Day-Lewis on His “Final” Role in ‘Phantom Thread’: “The impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion”
"All my life, I’ve mouthed off about how I should stop acting, and I don’t know why it was different this time" - Daniel Day-Lewis
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/adam-driver-last-jedi.jpg
Adam Driver: “Basically, the only thing I try to do is know my lines”
"I never figure anything out. I do my job. That’s my goal, to be as economical as possible." - Adam Driver
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/cranston-hammer-pattinson.jpg
Bryan Cranston, Robert Pattinson and Armie Hammer on Working with Others
"You know, it’s not imperative that you get along with your co-stars; it’s like your in-laws — it just makes things easier" - Bryan Cranston
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/margot-robbie-I-tonya.jpg
Margot Robbie: “I do timelines and backstories, I work with a dialect coach, a movement coach and an acting coach”
"I need to be with other actors, then my focus is on what they’re doing and all I need to do is react to it. I’m too in my head if I’m on my own." - Margot Robbie
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/lucas-hedges-three-billboards.jpg
Lucas Hedges: “I feel like this responsibility to be a great actor, yet I have so much to learn”
"If I don’t go to work, I feel very lost and scared and confused." - Lucas Hedges on Acting