Did Harrison Ford Turn Down a $47 Million "Han Solo" Paycheck?

by | January 12, 2007 | Comments

From the "I don’t really buy it, but everyone else is talking about it" files: Superstar Harrison Ford allegedly turned down a $47 million payday because he didn’t want to play Han Solo for a fourth time. He instead opted to do "Indiana Jones 4," a gig that’ll probably net him around the same amount.

We’ll pluck our report from MSN.com, but the initial news came from the UK’s Daily Star tabloid, which I wouldn’t believe if it reported that the sky is still blue. But apparently George Lucas wanted to do a Han Solo spinoff movie, but Ford resoundingly rejected the idea, opting instead to do … another fourth installment for George Lucas.

Here’s what the Star’s anonymous source had to say: "George wanted Harrison to play Indy but cleverly sounded him out about playing Hans Solo instead. Harrison was horrified. After that he was delighted to be playing Indy again. He told George he just couldn’t face being stuck in a spaceship with Chewbacca again."

OK, first off, DAILY STAR, it’s Han Solo, not Hans! Secondly, how dare you malign the wonderful Chewbacca! That big hairy brute did a lot of hard work for very little credit. Heck, even at the end of "Star Wars" — he didn’t even get a medal! It’s like he was some worthless droid or something.

Anyway, an "Old Han Solo" movie is a really rotten idea to begin with, so let’s just move on.