Ford: Star Wars boosted my career
Harrison Ford has credited his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars movies as being the making of his career.
"It's been a real boon to my career to have this introduction to succeeding generations," the actor revealed on the red carpet in Hollywood, where he reunited with some of his former co-stars to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.
He explained: "I think the great luck of my career is that I've made these family movies which are introduced to succeeding generations of kids by their families at the time it seems appropriate."
Harrison revealed he enjoys seeing viewers' reactions to Han Solo: "I think the cocky rebellious nature of the character was both an opportunity and a touchstone for the audience."
Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, joined Harrison for the special charity screening, as did Chewbacca himself Peter Mayhew. Ewan McGregor, who took over Alec Guinness' character Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels, also put in a surprise appearance to watch the movie.