I was invited by Disney on an all-expense paid trip to cover the HanSoloEvent. All opinions are my own.
I think Woody Harrelson is such a great actor and it was very cool to get to sit down and interview him. He was very nice and such a happy guy. He made us laugh quite a bit. I like him even more now that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him. Woody plays “Tobias Beckett” in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.
“There is no question that Beckett is a survivor. Seasoned, taciturn, and all-business, Beckett quietly works out all the angles to come out ahead. He’s put together a team of specialized thieves to carry out risky but profitable heists, which he carefully plans and executes.”-Lucasfilm
Here is our interview Q&A with Woody…
Do you remember the first time you saw Star Wars? Do you remember the first time?
Yeah, I remember it cause you probably won’t believe this but I was alive in 1977 and you know, there was quite, it was a huge thing at the time like everybody was all about Star Wars. It became a sensation. And so I just remember going to see it and it’s so original, so different from anything else and all of it great.
How would you describe your character Tobias Beckett?
Well I think in some ways, he’s complicated in the sense that he’s not always as chummy as he could be but I’d say he’s a survivor who really also does have this image of life, wanting to be done with this life of Criminality and ultimately, just be playing the Valachord, living in a remote Planet somewhere.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Well, I hope just generally, it’s a smiling type of legacy instead of a frowning type. Just hopefully, I mean I do prefer Comedy and I’ve gotten into a little bit of a Drama bubble. I would like to kind of make people laugh and hopefully, they’ll think of me and laugh.
We loved that you’re such a tough love mentor in your role. In real life, who has been that kind of tough love kind of mentor to you?
I feel like to some degree, Jack Nicholson. He lives not far from where I have a place here in LA, even though I live in Maui but just the kids didn’t want to ever want to give it up. So I still have it and it’s not far from Jack’s and I would go over quite a bit to his place and sit and reason, and talk story, and he did, he’s given a lot of cool advice.
You always seem so happy. What is your life-hack for happiness?
Well, thank you for saying that. I do feel like a pretty genuinely happy person. And I think a big part of it is just gratitude. I’m very grateful for the life I have. I feel like all of us who do movies and probably all of you who write about movies, we’re breathing a bit of a rarified air. And I feel really lucky because there was a point in which I kind of gave up and it was early on. I hadn’t even got a job yet and I just was like, I think I can’t do it. And I don’t know how to crack it. And so yeah gratitude. Life-hack.
How did you like working with Alden Ehrenreich who plays “Han Solo”?
Love Alden, love him, awesome, awesome guy. Really hard worker. I mean, very hard worker, cause there would be these humungous sets and then there would be these little spots, it’s like a little cloth room. You might have something to lay down on or chair, makeup thing, whatever. But so we’d all have our little cubicles and then he was next to me and he’d be in there like taking piano lessons. He’d be in there reading novels. I’m over there playing Speed Chess online. Screaming. The whole set’s like “what the hell? he just lost his queen”. I really admire his work ethic and I think just the way he cultivates himself as a human, he’s an extraordinary guy. He’s not just like a silly dopey party animal like some Actors coming up or like I was coming up.
In what ways are you like your character Beckett?
I don’t think I’m that like he’s a bit of a hardass, and he’s kind of tough on Han. And I think it’s probably good if you’re gonna want to try to make someone into a very street smart Survivor in that Universe, maybe that’s how he had to be. But I wouldn’t be like that. I’m like the most, I can’t even discipline my own child. I don’t know how to do it because I always say to myself, “well I would do that. So how can I be telling her…?”
If you could be any character from the original Star Wars Trilogy, who would it have been?
Who wouldn’t want to be Solo man? Such a good–but I mean also, it was written really well obviously. Lucas created these great characters but I guess what Harrison brought to it and now what Alden is bringing to it is making that character just so special, so fun, and funny.
He was super cool to chat with and was nice enough to take a group photo with us all.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters this FRIDAY!
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Also, check out…
- My interview with Alden Ehrenreich who plays “Han Solo”
- Talking with Emilia Clarke about her role in SOLO.
- Sitting down with Director Ron Howard about SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.
- From Vision to Villain ~ Interview with Paul Bettany for Solo.
- Chatting with Joonas Suotamo who plays Chewbacca.
- Talking with Phoebe Waller-Bridge who plays “L3-37” in SOLO.
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“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”-Lucasfilm