Jack Nicholson’s influence on Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Jack Nicholson’s influence on Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Watching Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story, I wasn’t reminded of Harrison Ford as much as another iconic actor — Jack Nicholson.

Young Han is a wiseass, who punctuates his smart remarks with devilishly arched eyebrows. Those eyes go wide when he’s easily scared. He has a bigger heart than he’d like for such a grim, cruel world. He’s like … Jake Gittes of the galaxy.

Supposedly, Nicholson — coming off his Oscar win for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — was among those originally considered by George Lucas for the part of Han Solo (or so says Al Pacino, who claims he also was up for the part).

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