Al Pacino Jokingly Takes Credit for Harrison Ford’s Iconic Career.
Al Pacino has humorously claimed responsibility for Harrison Ford’s success in the film industry. It appears that before the world knew Ford as the daring pilot Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, someone else was initially offered the role.
At an event in New York on Wednesday, Pacino revealed that he had been given the chance to play the iconic character. “When I first came up, I was the new kid on the block, you know what happens when you first become famous,” he told the audience. “It’s like, ‘Give it to Al.’ They’d give me Queen Elizabeth to play.”
The Godfather actor explained that he had been offered the role and was offered a significant amount of money to play the part. However, when he read the script, he didn’t understand it and turned it down. “I read it, and I didn’t understand it, so I said I couldn’t do it,” he said. “I turned down Star Wars. I gave Harrison Ford a career.”
However, despite not taking on the role of Han Solo, Pacino went on to lead the 1977 romantic drama Bobby Deerfield. Although the film was not well-received by critics, the Scarface actor went on to star in other critically acclaimed films like Scarface (1983), Carlito’s Way (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997), and The Irishman (2019).
Before he landed the role of Han Solo, Ford played the part of the daring archaeologist Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which turned out to be a defining moment in his career. Now at the age of 80, Ford is set to reprise his role in the forthcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, premiering in cinemas on 30 June.
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