“You can type this sh*t, but you can’t say it.”
That’s Harrison Ford there, offering his critique on the dialogue written by Star Wars creator George Lucas way back when. A long time ago – 1977, to be specific – the former Lucasfilm head introduced movie fans to a galaxy far, far away with the release of A New Hope, and once claimed that he’d like to direct the final Star Wars movie, whenever that may be.
But now that Lucas has entered a state of semi-retirement, the chances of him returning to the studio’s prized franchise are slim to none. Ditto for Ford himself, who recalled poking fun at George’s writing as part of GQ’s cover story. Echoing that famous, aforementioned line, the Indiana Jones actor revealed:
George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression…or my feelings…about the dialogue across a great space. So I did shout it. ‘George! You can type this sh*t, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!’ But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.
It was little more than a stress-relieving joke, as Ford recalls, just don’t hold your breath for him to make a surprise appearance in either The Last Jedi or Episode IX – after all, it would be foolish for Lucasfilm to undercut the excitement swirling around Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo.
“I mean, I’m finished with Star Wars if Star Wars is finished with me. I can’t imagine it. But it is science fiction.”
That anthology pic currently has a release date of May 24th, 2018. On the other hand, and after J.J. Abrams’ swift appointment, Star Wars: Episode IX has been bumped back to December of 2019. The Last Jedi, meanwhile, will be with us on December 15th of this year, and may well feature a third (!) Death Star.