Miles Teller Hadn’t Seen the STAR WARS Trilogy Until His Han Solo Audition
Miles Teller is one of many young actors up for the role of Han Solo in the A Star Wars Story movie being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. During a recent interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor confirmed that he had actually auditioned for the role and in the process revealed that he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy until a couple months before the audition.
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ [Laughs]. It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford. I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
I honestly don’t know how anyone could go that long in their lives and not see those Star Wars movies, especially someone who is in the entertainment industry. But I guess it happens. The last report on who might be Playing Solo indicates that he’s not up for the role anymore. As of right now it seems that Jack Reynor (Macbeth), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) are currently the top choices. Teller also talked about Fantastic Four, which as you know, completely bombed in every way. He said:
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-winning performances that told me that script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it.”
Instead of condemning Fantastic Four, the actor went on to praise all the hard work that was put into it:
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
Still, even though people work their ass off on a movie doesn’t mean it’s a good movie and that people are going to like it. It’s really a shame that Fantastic Four turned out the way it did. That movie could have been great. The Han Solo standalone film is slated to open on May 25th, 2018.