So much of Han Solo’s appeal is due to Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the legendary smuggler. It’s an iconic character elevated by an iconic performance. But it almost didn’t happen. Early in the development of Star Wars, Han Solo was a big, green-skinned alien Jedi with gills and no nose. Once George Lucas decided he wanted a human character, he actually almost cast Billy Dee Williams in the part, before reconsidering him for Lando Calrissian. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo!

In the original Empire Strikes Back script, when Princess Leia tells Han, “I love you,” he was supposed to respond with “just remember that, cause I’ll be back.” Harrison Ford didn’t think that response matched the character, so he voiced his complaints to director Irvin Kershner, who told him to just make something up. When they started filming, Carrie Fisher said “I love you” and Ford improvised the now legendary response, “I know.”

“You Think You Know Movies?” is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star WarsThe Avengers and Spider-Man, but now, it’s time to do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs with Han Solo!

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