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It's been a pretty good year at the box office so far, thanks to movies like Black Panther doing better than expected, as well as some tentpole movies like Ready Player One and Rampage hitting theaters a bit earlier in the year. May, specifically, should be a big month for moviegoers, as Avengers: Infinity War is still doing traffic, while the likes of Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story are still coming up. Speaking of the latter, tickets went on sale for the upcoming Star Wars film last week, and those involved with the movie are now making the rounds to talk about the experience of making Solo: A Star Wars Story. Alden Ehrenreich was recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he explained exactly what happened that time he met Harrison Ford about playing Han Solo. According to Ehrenreich, he was given some interesting advice, also noting the actor may not have been super on the up and up about what was happening,
He said, 'If anyone asks, tell them I told you everything you need to know, and that you're not allowed to say anything.' Which was great... He was kind of like, 'Wait, what is it you're directing? What is this going on?' Like, he barely knew that it was happening.
On the one hand, this sounds exactly like something Harrison Ford would say about Star Wars, a property he was never that enamored about to begin with. On the other hand, if you've been keeping tabs on the story of Alden Ehrenreich and Harrison Ford meeting, the perspective has been that the meeting was a very important one. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy even went so far as to say the conversation between Ford and Ehrenreich went "beautifully," noting,
He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out. I think that was really, really helpful to him.
At the end of the day, two things can be true at once, and to his credit, Alden Ehrenreich has also said that Harrison Ford was "supportive" and that it was "just cool" to eat lunch with the famous actor. That doesn't contradict the funny story he told on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which included a key piece of advice --albeit hilarious advice -- Ford gave him. Ehrenreich also told the late night host he got to hang out with Ford and his planes before they headed off to lunch, so it sounds like they did spend a good chunk of time together the day they met.
One other impression that Alden Ehrenreich got of Harrison Ford during his sitdown with the famous actor was about his long-documented dislike of ewoks. According to Ehrenreich,
He still doesn't like the Ewoks; I think that's a big thing for him. He hates ewoks. It's like FAO Schwartz, he didn't like 'em.
Even if the advice Ford gave wasn't the "beautifully" put advice Kathleen Kennedy has previously touted, it still probably gave Alden Ehrenreich a good sense of Harrison Ford as a person, and that is a beautiful thing. You can take a look at the full interview, below.