This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly includes a bunch of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens stories. Some of which it seems that EW has already released to their website. The released articles include an interview with Harrison Ford talking about Han Solo and JJ Abrams and Carrie Fisher discuss
- Despite years of claiming to be tired of Han Solo (or at least the questions about him), apparently Ford has changed his mind saying "I was glad that the character was still alive for me to play in this new iteration"
- On Indy 5: "Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?"
- On Solo: "He was always the cynical member of the original characters. While we were invited to engage on the questions of some pretty arcane mysteries — the Force and the mythology that surrounds it — he was the guy who said, ‘What? Huh? Come on.’? It’s what made the interplay between the characters work. There was a callow youth, a beautiful princess, a wise old warrior, and there was a smart-ass. ...He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. ...We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting. And accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change."
- Advise to whoever is cast as young Han Solo: "I would say, ‘Talk to your director. Watch the movies. And welcome aboard. Make it your own.'"
- Who shot first?: "Knock yourself out. Have fun with it.”
JJ Abrams on Carrie Fisher:
- Abrams: "She’s referred to as General. But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’ ...The stakes are pretty high in the story for her, so there’s not much goofing around where Leia’s concerned. But it felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison, back in scenes together."
- Lesson from SW7 Leia: "Fisher’s response is simple and without sarcasm: 'Never give up.'"