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Jon Kasdan Reveals Anthony Ingruber Auditioned for Solo, Plus More Interesting Bits

Discussion in 'Solo' started by SWNN Probe, Jun 1, 2018.

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    [​IMG] Lawrence and Jon Kasdan



    Co-writer on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jon Kasdan, recently took to Twitter to answer some questions about the movie and express his opinion about the movie’s reception and performance at the box office. He also addressed the casting of Han Solo and why Alden Ehrenreich was chosen over the popular fan pick Anthony Ingruber, whom many had been lobbying for prior to the casting announcement.







    First up, Kasdan shares his thoughts behind the decision to literally make the Millennium Falcon a character in the saga. She's not just a ship anymore. She has a personality all her own, which is something that actually makes a lot of sense in hindsight of the original films. The new additions to the Falcon's backstory really enrich its presence in the saga, adding new meaning to the scenes where Threepio 'talks' to the Falcon, expressing his confusion concerning the ship's peculiar dialect and where it learned to communicate.








    During Ron Howard's ongoing Twitter promotion of the film during its production, he mentioned that the characters Tag and Bink from the popular parody comic would be making an appearance in the movie. Alas, they didn't make it into the final cut of the film, but Kasdan assured that there are deleted scenes with the characters that will be on the blu-ray. It also looks like we'll get to actually see Han getting kicked out of the academy, something that was only mentioned in the movie.











    When asked about the character Enfys Nest, Kasdan shared who inspired her creation...








    He also talked about Lord and Miller's contribution to the character and her gang...








    Kasdan also confirmed the real-world filming locations for the movie's various planets...








    And here's one for you beverage connoisseurs out there...








    After humorously addressing the elephant in the cockpit, Jon expressed that which he is concerned the most with – are people liking his movie?






    I have to agree with Jon’s viewpoint, here. The overall reception of Solo from those who have seen the movie has been overwhelmingly positive, and the box office performance, although less than hoped for, is nothing to laugh at.



    Granted, production problems may have necessitated a larger return to cover the additional cost associated with the production of the film, but I feel fairly confident that this movie will have done fairly well at the end of its run. The financial success of Solo will be in its longevity, and hopefully the positive word of mouth will continue to prevail giving this movie the legs that it needs.



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    But as a writer, Kasdan seems to be concerned with the right thing (was the movie good?), and I believe that question has been answered by the fans and casual movie-goers alike. People are also really enjoying Alden Ehrenreich’s take on the character, which is a big plus that the film has going for it. But some fans are not content that their pick for a young Han Solo didn’t make it into the film.



    After Kasdan’s comment that people should continue to ask for this type of film because Disney and Lucasfilm are indeed listening to the fans, one somewhat disgruntled user expressed doubt over this statement, basically pointing out that if Disney was really paying attention, they would have given actor Anthony Ingruber (who played a young version of Harrison Ford’s character in Age of Adeline) a chance at the role. Kasdan also responded to this tweet to clarify the issue.








    It’s clear to me that the creators of the film saw something special in Ehrenreich that ultimately led to him winning out over the fan-favorite Ingruber. It’s still nice to see that they gave him his audition, even going as far as to give him “special attention”. But there is a fine line between listening to what the fans want and doing what is best for the movie.



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    As a fan, I don’t agree with every decision Lucasfilm has made in the franchise, but casting Ehrenreich as Han is not one them. I thought he carried the movie quite well, and although I was apprehensive going in, he won me over in the film as I’m sure he did for the folks at Lucasfilm during the casting process. It’s no question that Anthony Ingruber is a talented individual in his own right, having most recently delivered a stellar voice performance as the Joker in Telltale Games’ Batman video game series.



    Like or not, Ingruber is not our new Han Solo, but Alden did a fantastic job in my opinion, and I really hope we’ll get to see him reprise the role in the future.





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    BUT THAT ONE TABLOID TRASH SITE SAID HE NEVER AUDITIONED
     
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    They want us to suffer even more or what.

    Anthony Ingruber

    So this guy was on casting for Han, and like..what, fell on exam?

     
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    Where did this idiotic idea that there was no casting came from? Here is an article from 2016, showing that there was one:
    "Alden Ehrenreich was chosen without casting", "Kathleen Kennedy forced people to cast him", "he can't act so they brough in acting coach" etc. etc.
    No wonder this movie failed, with so much negative press.
     
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    Speak for yourself, I think it is nice of them that we didn't get this cringe fest.
     
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    Did you see his scenes in Age of Adeline? He played a great young Harrison Ford.
     
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    Ugh yeah, he is trying to hard. Alden took the right approach by making it his own role, that is what acting is about.
     
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    Well, this movie wasn't a Harrison Ford biopic.
     
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    Yup
    They wanted an actor. Not an impersonation.
    Why is this hard to understand for some?

    Ingruber does a great impersonation of Ford and did okay in Adeline.
    But Alden is a legit great actor.

    An impersonation would get old fast.
     
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    He did a good Harrison Ford imitation as younger version of a supporting character portrayed by Harrison Ford.

    I don't see much of an actor but rather a one note version of Rich Little that seems to have mild bouts of a mix of a tick and beyond Shatner over emphasizing every once in a while.

    I think some folks are way too focused on appearance with no value on ability and apitude.
     
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    And another media lie is dispelled.....
    --- Double Post Merged, Jun 1, 2018, Original Post Date: Jun 1, 2018 ---
    Exactly. My take on this is "The movie is called SOLO......not FORD"
     
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    It would be pretty cool if Ingruber played the Han lookalike who's mistakenly taken by the stormtroopers at the spaceport. :)
     
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    Now that would have made the crazy "fans" freaking rapid :D
     
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    Probably... :p "HE WAS THERE ON SET, WHY COULDN'T HE PLAY HAN??!!" ;)

    Still, I would love such nod.
     
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    I'm sure Anthony Ingruber is a nice guy, but a film of Solo's scope could not be carried on impersonation alone. His performance in Age of Adaline was wooden at best and not what I would call a "performance." He had the voice of 35 year old Harrison Ford in the body of a character that was meant to be 19 years old. Alden appears in virtually every scene of Solo; he completely carries the film and gives a strong, enigmatic performance. The right choice was made, and I can only think this is sort of annoying for Ingruber. He's a young working actor that happens to share an uncanny resemblance with Harrison Ford. That's a typecast, regardless of how good of an actor he is. He's very smart for doing voice work.
     
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    I don't think it necessary to slam Ingruber to approve of the choice of Alden. While I enjoyed Alden's performance and thought he did a fantastic job, I think Ingruber could have been incredible in the role as well. They went with Alden, he did a great job, and that's what it is. No need to throw darts at Ingruber
     
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    I genuinely didn't mean for it to come off that way. I've nothing against Ingruber. I just found him to be wooden in Age of Adaline, and I don't think he would have been a good fit for Solo. But like I said, I'm sure he's a hell of a nice guy and I wish nothing but success for him.
     
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    I should go watch Age of Adeline, intrigued by the trailer...
     
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    I still recall an interview, actually I think multiple interviews, of Harrison Ford. He talked about his early career and his first role in a movie where he played a bell boy. The producer or some other executive pulled him aside and criticized him because he looked like he was playing a bell boy and not being a star. Harrison in the interview said he was playing a bell boy so he played it as a bell boy. Of course Harrison's answer had a little extra language.

    So now we have people wanting an actor to play a role that Harrison Ford played and they want the actor to play Harrison Ford not the role.

    Kinda ironic.
     
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    I don't like the idea of listening to the fans at all. Not. At. All. The problem is that too many people think they're experts on film and storytelling (I swear if I hear some Joe Average utter the phrase "Screenwriting/Storytelling 101" one more time...), and they think their ideas are brilliant glittering golden but they're, let's call them, ideas? Verry, unique, ideas? I've heard so many people give their ideas on how to "fix" this or that and in my mind all I can think is, "Are they meaning to say 'demolish' when they say 'fix'?"

    This is my problem when I hear fans* say "This is what we want" is that, you know what? I really don't think they know what they want. I've seen people say "This is what I want" and then they see a movie that has that and they say "I hate this" and in the back of my mind I'm saying, "You just said not two weeks ago, this is what you want." Or when they criticize a movie for something, I'm sitting there thinking "Five of your favorite movies have that exact same thing in them." I think it's just one of those brutal truths with which fandom must eventually come to terms: your fan ideas are... ideas. Best just to leave it at that. I'd willingly wager that if they listened to all the fans ideas, we'd have our first 0% Star Wars score on the review aggregate sites.

    *fans/fandom is one of those words that we need to somehow give more precision. When I say "fans" I'm obviously not meaning, every fan. Just, a certain species of fan. Probably the greater majority of them. I'm sure there is a certain set of fans that have great ideas. But, you know, "hire who we want you to" isn't one of them. Labels and sweeping words these days seem to have almost lost meaning since they don't have the ability for specificity. Every time someone wants to label me with some term these days I tend to say, "No, not me. Don't use that word to describe me. That word has been assumed and repurposed by too many people who do not represent me in any way, shape or form." Pretty soon we're going to have to start various denominations issuing creeds and statements of fandom.
     
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