Anonymous Actor Talks about Behind the Scenes Drama on Han Solo Movie



-The main difference was efficiency in that Lord and Miller lacked it. “Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren’t prepared for Star Wars. After the 25th take, the actors are looking at each other like, ‘This is getting weird.’ [Lord and Miller] seemed a bit out of control. They definitely felt the pressure; with one of these movies, there are so many people on top of you all the time. The first assistant director was really experienced and had to step in to help them direct a lot of scenes.”

-Howard only needed two or three takes. “When he came on, he took control and you could feel it. He got respect immediately. He’s really confident. A really easy guy to work with.” Production went by "very fast" under him

-The things that Howard reshot are more like do-overs rather than entirely new things. “It’s exactly the same script. They’re filming exactly the same things. There’s nothing new. [Lord and Miller] used whole sets. But Ron is just using parts from those sets. I guess they’re not shooting wide angle. Maybe to save money.”

-On Alden needing an acting coach: “Trying to mimic Harrison Ford is really tough. Lucasfilm wanted something very specific: copying someone else. Alden’s not a bad actor — just not good enough. You could see his acting became more relaxed. He became more Harrison-like. The coach helped!”

-The cast and crew found out Lord and Miller got fired the same way everyone else did -- via the internet: “It was crazy. They fired our bosses. Everyone was texting each other: ‘Did you see the news? Do you think they’re doing reshoots?’ It was messy. And it was crazy how everything got leaked to the press.”

-“They have to make [Solo] good after The Last Jedi didn’t make as much money as expected,” he says. “If they want to keep making Star Wars movies, it has to be good.”


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