Al Pacino Says He “Gave Harrison Ford a Career” After Turning Down Star Wars

Apr 21, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Vanity Fair (by Chris Murphy).

According to Al Pacino, Han Solo owes him a thank-you. The Oscar winner opened up about his career during a recent conversation at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, sharing that he was offered the plum role of Han Solo in Star Wars—but decided to pass on it, and ultimately “gave Harrison Ford a career” in the process

“Well, I turned down Star Wars,” Pacino said at the event. “When I first came up, I was the new kid on the block. You know what happens when you first become famous. It’s like, ‘Give it to Al.’ They’d give me Queen Elizabeth to play…. They gave me a script called Star Wars…. They offered me so much money. I don’t understand it…. So I said I couldn’t do it. I gave Harrison Ford a career.”

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