Harrison Ford’s past antipathy toward Star Wars is well documented, but ever since agreeing to return to the franchise for The Force Awakens, Ford has seemed positively giddy at the chance to play Han Solo again. But what led Ford to this moment? Stephen Colbert, as it turns out.
On Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the host showed what really happened when Ford first met director J.J. Abrams about possibly appearing in The Force Awakens. “I wrote Regarding Henry,” Abrams told a disinterested Ford in the comedy sketch. “Remember the movie we did? But I’m directing now.”
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Ford kind of remembered, but indicated no signs of wanting to return. “The space thing?” he said of Star Wars. “I did that, man. I did it two times. Been there done that.” Abrams reminded Ford he was in three Star Wars movies, and told the star that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan was set to return for Force Awakens as well.
“He’s the guy who put the Ewoks… he did the Ewok thing?” Ford said. “I hated those Ewoks.”
So far, not great. But then Colbert showed up, dressed as Han Solo, and tried to audition to play the smuggler with a smirk of gold in the new sequel. Ford wasn’t having it, gritting his teeth as Colbert play-acted his iconic role and Ford’s famous finger point. (“I don’t do that,” said Ford. “Yes, you do,” responded Colbert.) It all leads to the moment when Ford, out of frustration, agreed to star in The Force Awakens. As alternate histories go, why not?
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Watch the sketch below. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on Friday.