Kurt Russell auditioned for both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars

"Guys my age were all lining up to be in it" – but Russell ended up starring in Stargate instead of Star Wars

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Han Solo or Luke Skywalker could have had a whole different image in Star Wars as US star Kurt Russell reveals he auditioned for both parts. 

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“Guys my age were all lining up to be in it,” Russell reveals on this Friday’s Graham Norton Show.

“At the time we were saying, ‘the Millennium Falcon this’ and ‘the Death Star that’ and we had no idea what we were talking about,” he told host Graham Norton. Imagine if he’d caught a peek at Jar Jar Binks…

But a career in a galaxy far far away wasn’t on the cards for Russell – although he did go on to star in 1994 sci-fi movie Stargate instead.

“There was a western show I had been chosen for and I had to make a choice, so I asked George Lucas if he thought he would use me but he said he didn’t know so I went for the western – I had to work.”

As it goes, Russell’s on the show with another western under his belt, starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight. 

“It’s Tarantino, so you know there will be blood!”

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See The Graham Norton Show tonight at 10:35pm on BBC1