More than 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the “Other Religions” category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall. Before the first movie of Star wars was shot it was on least priority list of 20th Century fox. It was so low on the studios agenda that George Lucas didn’t even get the actors he wanted for the film. A lot of the big stars of the 70’s put their prices up and lost out on a chance to be a part of the Star Wars Franchise. Imagine what the Star Wars cast would look like without Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Alex McCrindle (General Dodonna). Here is a list of actors who were approached by George Lucas but they turned their noses up at the chance to play second fiddle to a walking carpet…
1. Han Solo: Al Pacino
Imagine hearing Al Pacino saying, Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don’t care what you smell! Yes, he was offered the role of Han Solo, but didn’t take it up because the script didn’t appeal to his intellectual side. Looks like The Godfather was made an offer he could refuse after all. That’s fair enough for the hottest actor on the block right?
2. Han Solo again: James Caan
James Caan, Al Pacino’s Godfather co-star was all the more uptight about turning down the role of Han Solo citing that the producers didn’t need an actor which is why they settled for Harrison Ford! There’s no doubting Caan’s ability to spot an actor there now, what with Harrison Ford making Indiana Jones films, The Fugitive and Blade Runner as opposed to Mickey Blue Eyes!
Lining up for auditions were, Sylvester Stallone, Kate Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Robert Englund and Freddy Krueger. Did they make it, though? You already know the answer!