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‘Star Wars’ Memory: How Han Solo Almost Got Swindled

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) are in desperate need of transportation. They need to flee from the desert planet Tatooine to Alderaan, the home planet of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

In a cantina, they meet and quickly hire Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and their ship Millennium Falcon for a small down payment, with a sizable additional payment promised upon completion of the mission. Watch the introductory scene below.


Captain of the Millennium Falcon on Disney Video


It’s a memorable introduction of the swashbuckling Solo, whose mercenary ways are tested time and again throughout the movie as he is slowly drawn to the higher purposes of the adventure. His first real test comes when the small group discovers that the planet Alderaan has been destroyed. Even though the original agreement has been fulfilled, Solo agrees to press onward when he’s told that Princess Leia is wealthy and could offer an even greater reward.

But it wasn’t always that way. As The Hollywood Reporter reminds, an audition video of the crucial scene revealed that the original script called for Luke to tell Han that neither he nor Obi-Wan actually had the remainder of the payment promised, which doesn’t sit well with Han.

Watch the scene below.

Via social media, Mark Hamill commented: “Biggest loss in our audition scene? Classic Solo line: ‘I’m beginning to not like you.'”

Biggest loss in our audition scene? Classic #Solo line: “I’m beginning to not like you.”(!) #QuotableQuote#LOLukehttps://t.co/6s01eR382A

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 13, 2017

Reflecting their continued warm relationship after 40 years, Hamill also shared another photo of himself with Ford.

SHOUT OUT to #HarrisonFord for no reason other than giving me the single greatest advice EVER:”Don’t get cocky!” Thanks from your #1 fan- mh pic.twitter.com/rJQ4hK7qfo

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 13, 2017

Hamill will next appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, set for release on December 15, 2017.

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