Day 95. 65 pages, 28,547 words. Yeah, I’m not getting this shit done in 100 days, am I.
So according to this typically overblown story on the Internet, there were plans to “re-work” Han Solo into a comedic-frantic Jim Carreyesque character in his up-coming ‘young adventures of’ movie.
Now, I put “re-work” in extra-heavy quotey-marks because my impression of Han Solo right from Episode IV has been … basically not a huge step away from Ace Ventura, when I think about it. Okay, he was darker and less overtly insane-clown-like, but he did a lot of flailing and getting into madcap situations, he was amusing, and I can easily picture his younger self as being even more so. If you trace shit back from Episode VII through Episode VI, Episode V and Episode IV, the line isn’t hard to follow. He even did a bit of Three Stooges work on Jabba’s barge (“Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?” *bump*).
Obviously, I didn’t find it quite as easy to imagine as some people. Credit to the amazing art and creativity of James Hance. Brilliant.
Obviously this isn’t what Han Solo means to a lot of people, and it’s probably going to make some fanboys wail, but I’ve made my opinion of the characters and acting in the hallowed Original Trilogy clear by now. They weren’t cinematic masterpieces or a pinnacle of the thespian arts, in my view. They did exactly what they were supposed to do. They were great. They were fun. Maybe not this fun, but … well, it’d be a step away from the Rogue One attempted grimdark, wouldn’t it?
It wouldn’t be the worst thing they could do to Han Solo, is what I’m saying here. And I for one wouldn’t consider it sacrilege, because it’s goddamn Star Wars.
And now I’m just imagining every hilarious scene and bit of body-acting from Jim Carrey in the Ace Ventura films, repurposed for Han aboard the Millennium Falcon. And it’s really pretty hysterical.