Harrison Ford surprised those attending the Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening and Hall H erupted in cheers.
You may remember the veteran actor suffered serious injuries when he crashed his vintage World War II plane on a golf course in L.A. earlier this year. As a result, he was unable to attend the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and missed all the excitement of the first The Force Awakens trailer.
But fans certainly let Harrison Ford know how much they liked seeing him in the role of Han Solo again. As soon as the first trailer came to an end with the now-famous “Chewie, we’re home” line, loud applause was heard all over the convention floor.
And it’s no wonder. Harrison Ford brought to life an unforgettable character in the space smuggler, who turned from cold-hearted cad to a hero, when he helped the Rebels destroy the Evil Empire using an irresistible combination of sarcasm and caring which was incomparable.
Now that J.J. Abrams and company decided to bring back the beloved Star Wars characters in the massively anticipated The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford is once more playing Han Solo and we can’t even contain the excitement.
This was plainly obvious when Harrison Ford surprised the Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. When the veteran actor stepped on the stage he received a standing ovation from the approximately 6,000 people filling the floor.
Already on stage were his co-stars and original cast members, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). Not to miss a beat, Ford hugged and gave a brotherly kiss on the cheek to Hamill and a peck on the lips to Fisher. Just like in the movies.
As is his usual nature Ford joked around while answering fan questions about how he is doing after the scary accident that left him hospitalized for about a month and how it felt to be back on stage playing Han Solo.
“It should’ve felt ridiculous. (The first movie) was 30 years ago, and I sort of grew up. And yet here I was doing something I did so long ago and I will tell you that it felt great.
“I wasn’t so sure it would be but the company was the right company, the director was the right director. Larry (Kasdan) wrote us a wonderful story and I was proud and grateful to once again be involved. The original Star Wars that I was a part of really was the beginning of my working life and I was very, very grateful for the opportunity that I had in that film and for the success of that film. It was great to be back.
“I was very grateful when I read the script because I read something that I thought was really remarkable, really well written and with some very intriguing developments.”
Harrison Ford surprised those attending San Diego Comic-Con along with the original cast members already mentioned as well as newcomers Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and script writer Lawrence Kasdan.
Watch the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens reel released on Friday.
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