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There aren't many movie characters more iconic than Han Solo. Between the blaster, the waistcoat, and Harrison Ford's ruggedly handsome awesomeness, there's really no beating the Corellian scoundrel when it comes to being culturally irreplaceable - and pretty much no way to imagine anyone but Ford playing him.

As it turns out, though, we almost saw a very different version of the hero on our screens, all the way back in 1977's Star Wars.

And when I say very different - I mean VERY different.

This kind of different...
This kind of different...

That's right, Robert Englund - Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series - has just revealed that, back in the 1970's, he unsuccessfully auditioned to play Han Solo.

The best part, though? Despite being unsuccessful in terms of his own casting, Englund then went on to completely redefine the entire movie world - and our childhoods - long before he ever played Freddy Krueger. As he told Yahoo! Movies:

"I went home [from the audition] and told a little kid that was sleeping on my couch, after a six-pack of Heineken, all about [Star Wars], and his name was Mark Hamill,” the actor recalled. “I said, ‘Hey, Lucas is doing this space movie. Maybe you’re right for it.'...The lead guy’s like a teenager, and Mark was playing teenagers then - Mark was playing high school kids, still...Mark got on the phone to his agent, and I think he went up the next day. He nailed it, and the rest is history."

So, without Robert Englund auditioning to play Han Solo, we might never have seen Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker...

And y'know what? That would have been just as weird as someone else playing Han Solo...

What do you guys think, though?


Would Robert Englund have made a good Han Solo?

via THR


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