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BBC – Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has said he felt no nostalgia when he returned to the role of Han Solo for the first time in more than 30 years.


Ford joins other original cast members Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is released later this month.


Ford said the film will show how “the relationships between him and other characters have developed off-screen”.


And he hinted that fans will see “new aspects” to Han Solo’s personality.


Ford and director JJ Abrams spoke to BBC News entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba about the film.


Lizo Mzimba: What was it about the way Han Solo was written in this film that convinced you it was right to come back?


Harrison Ford: I think it mostly lay in the telling of the stories of his relationships with other characters in the story. And the part he plays in the progression of the story, mostly through his relationships with the new young actors – Daisy Ridley and John Boyega principally in this new story.


And it had to do with the opportunity to work with my friend JJ Abrams, whose work I have admired for a long time.


LM: How much did you put nostalgia to one side and just concentrate on playing the role?


HF: Completely. I don’t think nostalgia is very useful to me. There is a story to be told, there’s behaviour to create or to bring to the screen that will help tell that story, and nostalgia is just not really a big part of my emotional package anyway.


LM: So it was easy when you met Chewbacca for the first time or walked onto the Millennium Falcon to put any emotion to one side and concentrate on being Han Solo and again after all these years?


HF: Yeah, you’re there to bring some aspect of truth or recognisability to the moment for the audience.


LM: What is it about the character that has made him such a favourite over the decades, and how has he changed in this film?


HF: Each of the characters has a part to play, and there are people in the audience for each of the characters. Princess Leia has people that relate to her more strongly than other characters. The same with Luke Skywalker.


Of the character that I play, who had a kind of ironic distance from the mythology, I think many people identified with that point of view, and so embraced the character of Han Solo.


This new opportunity to play the character again recognises a passage of time, and there are indications in the film about how he came to develop, how the relationships between him and other characters have developed off-screen and so it adds some degree of interest and there are new aspects of his nature, perhaps, which we’ll see.


There is a video as well but it doesn’t allow me to embed it –  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35019635

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