Ford’s Growl Minimised For “Force Awakens”

If there’s one thing that’s changed about Harrison Ford’s acting over the years, is that his often higher pitched normal voice has given way more and more to what’s often dubbed a growling baritone.

When asked to reprise his role as Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams has revealed to Vanity Fair that he specifically asked the actor not do that growling style voice here. Ford complied and was even enthusiastic about it:

“[He] was excited to get back in those shoes again, which was really interesting because I thought he hadn’t been a fan. I kept hearing those rumors when I was a kid. I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn’t want Han to be growly. There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie.”

Abrams also spoke about the use of practical effects on the film, including a scene where a Jawa-style creature that pops out of the desert:

“It was a classic, old-school seesaw puppet. We just buried it in the sand, and Neal Scanlan, the creature guy, pushed down on one side and the thing came up on the other side. It’s so old-school and crazy. We could improve this thing, but at some point do we lose the wonderful preposterousness?”

The ‘Force Awakens’ themed issue of Vanity Fair will be available digitally from May 7th ahead of being out on newsstands May 12th.