Its hard to imagine anyone other than Harrison Ford as the star wars scoundrel Han Solo (no offense, Alden Ehrenreich), but dozens, if not hundreds, of other actors auditioned for the role. Al Pacino turned it down at a time when he was offered everything, Burt Reynolds just didnt want to play that kind of role, and Sylvester Stallone met with George Lucas, but I dons not suited in spandex holding 'em. Ray gun.
Christopher Walken also auditioned to play the Millennium Falcon captain, but he knew at the time that it wasnt a good fit.
I auditioned for Star Wars, but I dont think I came even close to landing the job. About 500 other actors auditioned, so it wasnt as if it was me and someone else, he told the Financial Times. Walken also brought up another ill-fated audition, in which he failed to land a role in the 1970s Love Story (it went to Ryan ONeal). In both those cases, I was fortunate because I would have been awful in them, he said.
When adjusted for inflation, Star Wars and Love Story are two of the most popular movies of all time. But, considering Walken's films have grossed a combined $4.4 billion at the box office (I bet you can't tell which number one is! ), I think he'll be doing well.
(Via the Financial Times)