Harrison Ford Has Some Blunt Words About John Boyega Taking Over For Him In Star Wars

John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Part of the job of the new trilogy of Star Wars films has been to act as a passing of the torch from the original trilogy to the new Disney-led universe. Harrison Ford has some feelings about that. Recently, in a new profile of Star Wars actor John Boyega, Ford is asked if he felt that he was handing over his position in the franchise to Boyega when he died in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In typical Harrison Ford fashion, the actor couldn't care less. According to Ford...

I don't know that I thought of it that way at all, I was there to die. And I didn't really give a rat's ass who got my sword.

Harrison Ford is somewhat famous for the fact that he's clearly never loved the Star Wars franchise as much as the fans. He famously wanted to see Han Solo die at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and was likely enticed to return for The Force Awakens in part because the event finally took place. Based on these comments in the New York Times, Ford makes it clear that he was there to do a job, and what happened afterward wasn't really on his mind. Nor is it likely he thinks much about it now.

Ford's comments are on par with when he's asked about the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. The actor seems only vaguely interested in the fact that another movie is being made starring the character he helped create.

Still, Harrison Ford also has a sense of humor about the whole thing and even if Ford didn't see Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a "passing the torch" moment, John Boyega made sure to remind him. The actor who plays Finn relayed a story in which he was involved in a photo shoot with Ford where Boyega was asked to move aside to put Ford in the center of the shot. According to Boyega, in his best Harrison Ford impression voice...

Harrison was just like, 'See that, kid? I'm the star. And I said to him, 'Yeah, mate, you ain't going to be the star when you get stabbed by Kylo Ren.'

And well, John Boyega wasn't wrong. Star Wars: The Last Jedi focused much more on the new characters than even The Force Awakens had done. Of course, it's difficult to argue that John Boyega was even the star of that one, with his character relegated to a side plot that a lot of fans didn't particularly love.

Since we don't really know what's next for Finn or the other new characters it's difficult to see how much the torch has been passed to these actors, as opposed to just to a new version of the franchise in general. Either way, Star Wars is moving forward without the original Han Solo, which he seems to be fine with.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.