The seventh episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in the cinemas this December, in which the favourite of many people, the talkative space smuggler, Han Solo also returns. At the beginning of everything, in the ‘70s, a lot of people attended this role’s casting. 

Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, Nick Nolte and Burt Reynolds were also knocking on the door of George Lucas. None of them had much chance as the creator of the space saga had definite ideas of the ideal person who could form the character. But the director didn’t think of Harrison Ford at all: Lucas liked Kurt Russel as well, but the trust wasn’t mutual.

The actor went to the casting, and was prepared too, but the director’s visions and the story didn’t persuade him so he said goodbye to the staff. And what remains is only a few minutes long video of him impersonating Han Solo which is available on the internet.

Russel regretted this decision later and other ones as well. He refused the main role of the comedy, Splash which made Tom Hanks famous. And then, he didn’t think Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure would fit him either, so instead of him, Sam Neill became the palaeontologist professor of Jurassic Park.

Apart from the bad decisions, Russel said yes several times for legendary roles which ensured his position in the film history. His success was started by John Carpenter (he directed Halloween), who gave him the role of the imprisoned ex-commando Snake Plissken, whose character is totally identified with the actor.

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After the movie titled Escape from New York (in which the American president had to be disengaged from Manhattan, the prison island surrounded by walls), the next episode came ten years later.

By 1996, Escape from L.A. had been finished, in which he contributed as a co-writer too. Carpenter and Russel wanted to continue Plissken’s adventure and they planned an episode finishing the trilogy, titled Escape from the Earth but unfortunately the producers and TV stations (who were asked for a series) didn’t like the idea.

Besides the incomplete trilogy, other films also brought the actor world fame in the ‘80s. We can mention the scifi/horror classic – also directed by Carpenter – The Thing, action movies Big Trouble in Little China and Tango & Cash, and the comedy titled Overboard in which he appeared with the love of his life, Goldie Hawn. Unfortunately, after the nineties (Unlawful Entry, Tombstone, Stargate, Executive Decision, Breakdown, etc.), we could see the star in less movies in the 2000s and he had almost completely disappeared by 2010.

His important role in Fast & Furious 7 was a rare exception, next time we can see him in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which might be a great opportunity for him to return.