It may be a little odd for longtime Star Wars fans to see Alden Ehrenreich to play Han Solo, since the character was made famous by none other than Harrison Ford. Aside from the fact that early tweets indicated that Ehrenreich does a phenomenal job, Ford himself has given the film and the actor his blessing and loves the new movie.
The new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, wanted nothing more than to sit down with Ford before he took on the role for the first time, and during the Solo press conference, he detailed his meeting with the iconic actor: “Right before we started shooting, I wanted to talk to Harrison [Ford], just to kind of pay respect and have him give us the blessing for the film,” the Solo star explained. “So we had lunch, I guess, two years ago, and he was really encouraging and really supportive, and then we went off and shot the film.”
Ford’s support didn’t stop there, as Ehrenreich bumped into him prior to this press conference. “And today, I was doing an interview, and they were talking about, ‘Is there anything else you’d like to ask him. Because he’s…’ And I was like, ‘Well…’ [The interviewer replied] ‘Well you have your chance.’ And he was behind me.”
Entertainment Tonight filmed the interview and surprise and posted it to Instagram, which you can watch below. Ehrenreich and Ford meet and Ford tells the new Solo to “get out of my chair [and] get out of my life,” as everyone, including director Ron Howard, share a laugh. The two share a handshake and a hug afterwards.
Ehrenreich continued to praise Ford for all of his support, even saying that Ford enjoyed the movie. “It’s just such a huge deal to have him really genuinely love it,” explained Ehrenreich. “He really genuinely enjoyed the film, and it meant a lot to me that he took the time to come out here and do that.”
The young actor also discussed stepping into the Millennium Falcon for the first time and adjusting to it over the course of filming. “You get in, and you can’t believe you’re in it. It’s so surreal… And a couple months into shooting it, you’re inside of it. You’re flying it. You know where the buttons are and how the chair feels. You’re like, ‘Okay, this is kind of like my ship now.’ It’s deeply gratifying.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25. The movie is expected to break box office records when it releases. Make sure to check back on May 15 for GameSpot’s full review.