By far most emotional Star Wars moment in recent memory was the death of Han Solo at the hands of his son Kylo Ren(Ben Solo) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The scene has become Controversial among fans due to how beloved a character Han is, and the creators behind the scenes did not make the decision to kill him off lightly. Recently director J.J. Abrams spoke to Fandango while promoting his newest film 10 Cloverfield Lane and they asked about Han's demise. They specifically inquired what the actor behind the character, Harrison Ford, thought of the scene. You can read and hear Abrams' words below:
"He was very thoughtful about it, and he got it. He understood why it was so powerful. And I think part of it was because Harrison himself -- Han, the character -- has so much ahead of him. Has so much life and fight and adventure -- that this was the time to do that thing. If we felt like the character was sort of at the end of his days, it wouldn't have been as powerful. The thing that made it potentially meaningful wasn't just who does it and how it happened, but that it's a character that is so vital that is meeting his demise. I'll also say that Harrison's always said that he knew that Han needed to have clear utility, and that's what he wanted to do. And that's why he argued back in the day that Han should die and George [Lucas] didn't want to do it. And I don't know what his utility in that regard would've been, though I'm sure Harrison would've come up with a clever pitch for it. But in this case there was such a clear utility -- it's about bringing this new villain to the fore, and there's nothing I could think of that is more hideous than patricide, especially when it comes to Han Solo."
As J.J. mentions, Harrison was a strong proponent for Han dying in the latter part of the Original Trilogy, feeling that it would give his character more weight if he sacrificed himself in a meaningful way. It may have taken 32 years, but Harrison certainly got his wish.
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