Alden Ehrenreich Says Harrison Ford 'Barely Knew' Anything About 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
“He was kind of like, ‘Wait, what is it you’re directing?” Disney’s new Han Solo actor tells Jimmy Kimmel.
Harrison Ford may have more "Star Wars" movies on his resume than franchise newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, but it sounds like young Han Solo knows more about the franchise than the veteran he’s replacing.
The "Solo" star dished on meeting the iconic actor on Wednesday night’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Before shooting the origin story, Ehrenreich met up with Ford in his airplane hangar, and apparently Ford wasn’t very aware of the Disney’s latest expansion of the "Star Wars" universe.
"I get the sense — and Harrison has been here on a number of occasions — I feel like he’s less interested in ‘Star Wars’ than anyone I know," Jimmy Kimmel told Ehrenreich, who agreed, "That might be true."
"He was kind of like, ‘Wait, what is it you’re directing? What is this?’ He barely knew like it was happening," Ehrenreich said.
Ehrenreich then revealed something else about Ford: He still can’t stand the Ewoks. On that note, Kimmel said there’s not a chance Ford’s aware of the Porgs that debuted in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Eventually the conversation moved to Han Solo’s BFF, Chewbacca.
"There’s a scene in the movie — and I hope I don’t get penalized for mentioning this — but there’s a scene in the movie where you speak Wookiee with Chewbacca," Kimmel said. "Is that like, have they worked out like with Klingon, like they came up with a whole language? Or is it just you making grunting noises?"
Ehrenreich said it was a little bit of both, since the filmmakers had to assign meanings to some Wookiee words in a subtitled part. But the actor also had to demonstrate his aptitude for Chewy’s native tongue during his audition.
"Well, Joonas — who plays Chewy — has been doing it for three movies. So he taught me kind of — I can do like the," Ehrenreich said before giving a demonstration. "Like that kind of thing. But Joonas has different deep-cut Chewy stuff, like Chewy’s laugh… and all these kind of Chewy things I didn’t — Shyriiwook is the name of the language. He does that live and then they take like the sound of a bear and a seal and a lion or something and combine it in post."
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters May 25.
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