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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Snake Plissken almost took the controls of the Millenium Falcon...

Ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but it is true that Kurt Russell auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars. I recently came across the audition tape - where the Escape from New York star read a scene about the destruction of Leia's home planet - and thought you guys might be interested in taking a look to see what could've been.

This is certainly... different. I gotta say, I'm a big fan of Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China, hello!) but this whole Han Solo impression is just too weird for me. Harrison Ford's portrayal of the smuggler-turned-hero is now so iconic that it's impossible to imagine anybody else in the role.

Speaking of that scoundrel, do you want to see Ford's original audition tape for the role? Well, you can check it out below. Pay extra close attention to a very young and rather nervous-looking Mark Hamill:

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it's done.


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