It’s hard to picture anyone but Harrison Ford as Han Solo, whipping around that galaxy far, far away in the Millenium Falcon. OR try to imagine any other actor but Mark Hamill wearing Luke Skywalker’s stylish Jedi boots.
But….it almost happened. One of Hollywood’s elite talents auditioned for BOTH roles – and his name was Kurt Russell.
Back in 1976, Russell received an offer from George Lucas to appear in the original ‘Star Wars’ – and according to the actor, it was the director’s procrastination on whether to cast him as Luke or Han that finally led him to walk away from the project and film the western TV series, ‘The Quest’ instead.
‘The Quest’ wasn’t exactly a huge hit; it lasted mere months on NBC’s schedule, up against ABC’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’. HOWEVER, had Russell joined ‘Star Wars’, we never would’ve got to enjoy him in ‘The Thing’. Or in ‘Escape From New York’. Or…well, the list goes on.
Check out this rare footage of Russell auditioning for ‘Star Wars’….enjoy! ~ Jason