Star Wars is packed stuffed with legendary actors, completely solid: Harrison Ford. Carrie Fisher. Alex McCrindle. (He performed General Dodonna.) Yet it practically wasn’t so.
Before it was shot, Star Wars was famously so low on studio 20th Century Fox’s agenda that they gave George Lucas the merchandising and sequel rights in lieu of wage, pondering they’d save themselves $350ok. (Whoops! They misplaced out on $1.6billion.)
Little marvel then that a great deal of the 70s’ largest stars turned their noses up on the likelihood to play second fiddle to a strolling carpet…
1. Han Solo: Al Pacino
“It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script,” Pacino later stated.
Fair sufficient, he was the most popular actor on the block and will do what he appreciated. In The Godfather, he received to ship immortal strains like, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”.
Still, he might have gotten to say, “Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don’t care what you smell!”, so who’s to say he made the suitable name?
2. Han Solo once more: James Caan
Pacino’s Godfather co-star was even sniffier about turning down the position, saying, “They didn’t want an actor, that’s why they got Harrison Ford”.
We’re certain Harrison was gutted that he went on to make the Indiana Jones movies, Blade Runner and The Fugitive as a substitute of Mickey Blue Eyes.
Plenty of different actors auditioned for the position – Sylvester Stallone claims Lucas by no means even checked out him throughout his tryout, whereas Kurt Russell, Christopher Walken, Nick Nolte and even Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund all had a pop.
Englund was too younger for the position, however he did recommend to Mark Hamill (“this kid who was sleeping on my sofa after a six-pack of beer”) that he check out for Luke Skywalker. And look how that turned out.
3. Princess Leia: Jodie Foster
“I was doing two films back-to-back at the time,” Foster stated (presumably referring to Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone). “It would have been enjoyable. But my profession would have been completely different and I’m proud of the one I’ve received so I do not actually remorse it.
“And truthfully, I used to be 14 or 15 on the time and it was after they have been nonetheless conceiving these characters as very younger. By the time they received to creating it, they’d a completely completely different conception of the movie.”
Which is sort of a reduction, despite the fact that Jodie Foster is an incredible actress. No one needs to see a romance between Harrison Ford and somebody practically twenty years his junior. Except in actual life, clearly.
4. Grand Moff Tarkin: Christopher Lee
The darkish lord of all the pieces wasn’t taken with taking part in the most important of the Death Star’s bigwigs, however he did recommend his good Hammer pal and on-screen nemesis Peter Cushing for the position.
Lucas lastly persuaded him to hitch the Dark Side for Attack of the Clones, during which he performed Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus.
5. Luke Skywalker: William Katt
William who? How quickly individuals neglect Big Wednesday and The Greatest American Hero.
Katt had some corn-fed, boy-next-door buzz going for him within the mid 70s because of the likes of Carrie, however Mark Hamill in the end had extra of what George Lucas was in search of.
But you may nonetheless see his audition, alongside Kurt Russell as Han…
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6. Obi-Wan Kenobi: Toshiro Mifune
Obi-Wan’s Japanese-sounding title makes extra sense now, sure?
In the final word case of fanboy wishlist casting, George Lucas was an enormous devotee of Akira Kurosawa epics…
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