Ford’s Reaction To “Force Awakens” Twist

For those few who haven’t seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, turn away now.

Ahead of the release of “10 Cloverfield Lane” which he produced, filmmaker J.J. Abrams has given a new interview in which he discusses the big twist in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – namely the death of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo at the hands of his son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Abrams has discussed the scene before, explaining why he chose to kill off Han – a choice Harrison Ford has supported since “Return of the Jedi” where he tried to convince George Lucas to kill off the character. Now, speaking with Fandango, Abrams discussed Ford’s reaction to learning about his character’s death:

“He was very thoughtful about it, and he got it. He understood why it was so powerful. And I think part of it was because Harrison himself – Han, the character – has so much ahead of him. Has so much life and fight and adventure – that this was the time to do that thing. If we felt like the character was sort of at the end of his days, it wouldn’t have been as powerful.

The thing that made it potentially meaningful wasn’t just who does it and how it happened, but that it’s a character that is so vital that is meeting his demise. I’ll also say that Harrison’s always said that he knew that Han needed to have clear utility, and that’s what he wanted to do.”

The film is currently slated for release on DVD, Blu-ray and rental VOD on April 5th.