It’s been 32 years since Harrison Ford played the heroic Han Solo in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He now reprises the role for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens which FINALLY opens on December 18th!

The movie takes place approximately 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi, but follows a new generation of stars – Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn.

And that’s all I can tell you or I’ll just be speculating!

Harrison, along with the filmmakers and actors for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came to the Los Angeles Convention Center on last Sunday to talk about the movie with journalists who hadn’t seen it!

Not long after this he was off to meet fans in Australia, as you can see from our pictures.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ©2015 Lucasfilm

Why did you want to come back to the Star Wars franchise?

It’s what I do. It’s what I like to do. It’s what’s fun for me.

I had the chance to work with people that I really admire, doing something that I thought was going to be fun, which actually turned out to be fun, and to work with JJ whose work I had really admired and long known about.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Star Wars 7 – Harrison Ford attends the Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan event at Sydney Opera House on December 10, 2015 ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Can you talk about what it means to you to be one of the bridges between the original series and this new generation?

It’s gratifying to be asked to be part of this. There was an interesting story to tell, through the character.

It’s always nice to anticipate working in something that you know people will have an appetite for. This is not a crap shoot (he laughs), this is a big casino, and it’s fun to play with these toys again.

It’s been a great experience.

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Star Wars 7 – Harrison Ford in Sydney on December 10, 2015 ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

How difficult was it for you to slip back into the role and how did you prepare to come back to Han Solo?

It seemed easy to come back to the character. Clothes make the man. I’ve walked more than a mile in those boots, I was interested in the described path of the character.

I thought there was an interesting bit of business for the character to do, and I had been having a real good time with JJ Abrams, talking about it and getting ready for the adventure of filming. So it was easy.

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Star Wars 7 – JJ Abrams, with Harrison Ford’s character behind, attends the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fan event at the Roppongi Hills on December 10, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images

As a parent, what was it like telling your kids that you were coming back to this franchise? Did it up the cool factor with them once again?

My kids do not think I’m cool at all. And being in this movie is not going to convince them otherwise. They’re just glad to see that their dad is still working.

Do you have any advice for the young actors in this in dealing with the overwhelming reaction from the fans?

I think my advice is pretty much limited to look both ways before you cross the street, stuff like that. I’m not going to tell him how to navigate this very personal space of trying to figure out the careers that they’ve chosen for themselves.

It’s bizarrely individual how you navigate the space between where they’re at now and the rest of their professional life. But they’re in for a big ride, and they know it, I think. I hope [they] know it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Event - Harrison Ford
Star Wars 7 – Harrison Ford attends the Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan event at Sydney Opera House on December 10, 2015 ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Videobytes

Harrison was asked what the difference was between doing this Star Wars and the first movie?

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James