Al Pacino teasingly laid claim to Harrison Ford’s illustrious career.
Before Ford gained worldwide fame as the rebel hero Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, the Millennium Falcon starship could have had a different pilot.
During an event in New York on Wednesday (April 19), Pacino revealed that he had originally been offered Ford’s role in the sci-fi fantasy.
“When I first showed up, I was the new kid on the block. You know what happens when you first become famous.” The Godfather Stern told the audience per diversity. “It’s like, ‘Give it to Al.’ They would give me Queen Elizabeth to play with.”
Pacino said he had a “script called war of stars‘ and had been offered ‘so much money’.
The 82 year old scarface The actor explained that he “read” it but “didn’t understand.”
“So I said I couldn’t do it,” Pacino said. “I declined War of stars.”
He then joked, “I made Harrison Ford a career.”
While Pacino turned down the role that would launch Ford to worldwide fame, he instead directed the 1977 romance drama Bobby Deerfield.
Though his alternative choice was poorly received by critics, Pacino has starred in other classics including scarface (1983), Carlito’s way (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997) and more recently The Irishman (2019).
Just prior to directing the final film in the Star Wars trilogy, Ford landed his career-defining role as the intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones Hunter of the lost treasure (1981).
Three more Indiana Jones movies later, the now 80-year-old actor will reprise the iconic role in the upcoming film Indiana Jones and the Dial of DestinyPremieres in theaters June 30th.
In order for the opening sequence to maintain continuity with the original trilogy, Ford will be digitally de-aged.
last december, Indiana Jones Fans were delighted with the release of the first trailer teaser for the fifth film.