Dailies | Harrison Ford Explains Why Han Solo Should Have Died in ‘Return of the Jedi’ (Video)

“I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal,” Ford says

Harrison Ford returned to play Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but if the actor had had his way, the character would not have lived that long.

In an interview on “Conan,” Ford discussed why he felt his now iconic space pirate should have died at the end of “Return of the Jedi.”

“I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal,” Ford said. “And give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise. Not that there wasn’t some already, but I just wanted in on that part of it.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launched with an out-of-this-world $57 million in previews on Thursday night, shattering the record set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2011.

“The Force Awakens” topped the existing previews record by nearly $14 million. That puts it on course to become the first movie ever to make $100 million in a single day on Friday when it opens in 4,135 theaters. It’s also on track to blow past the opening weekend record of $208 million set by “Jurassic World” in June.

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