Despite portraying Han Solo in five feature films over 42 years, Harrison Ford has never been the biggest Star Wars fan. In fact, when he’s asked about the esoteric fan debates that surround the saga he’s been downright dismissive. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he doesn’t have much to say about Han’s ultimate fate.
Spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker ahead.
“A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is,” Ford said when asked about a debate that’s been roiling among fans since the film’s release. Mindful of their wrath, he lowered his voice and continued: “Don’t tell anyone. I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no fucking idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!”
If he doesn’t care, you might be wondering, then why the hell did Ford agree to come back as Han Solo in the first place? In the same interview, he said that it was director and co-writer JJ Abrams, who directed Ford as Solo in The Force Awakens, who first proposed bringing him back.
“When JJ asked me to do it, I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’m dead!’ He said, ‘Sorta dead. You can do this.’ He hadn’t written anything at that time. But he said, ‘This is going to be great.’ So I said okay. If JJ asked you do something, you’d probably do it too. He’s a very persuasive guy.”
But it wasn’t just Abrams’s powers of persuasion that brought Ford back.
“It was a useful addition to the story and the continuing development of Adam Driver’s character,” he says, betraying an affinity for the storytelling of the series if not its undergirding mythology. He also was excited to work with Driver again.
So it seems that Ford’s continued involvement in the series was more of an actorly concern and not a desire to make the Star Wars universe make sense which, to be fair, isn’t even close to being his job. And it’s honestly refreshing to hear the actor, who’s done enough in his career to not owe anything to anyone, use that freedom, fan reaction be damned.