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Kelsey Grammer met with George Lucas about playing original Han Solo

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May 24, 2018

Still trying to figure out what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs? How about those tossed salads and... green Thala-siren milk? 

Kelsey Grammer recently appeared on Conan to promote the new season of the excellent animated series Trollhunters, where he plays a troll named Blinky. Grammer and Conan mentioned how Mark Hamill joined the show in its second season, playing Blinky's nasty brother Dictatious — and then Grammer revealed that his connections to Star Wars go beyond just working with the one and only Luke Skywalker. As you can hear about in the video below, he actually met with George Lucas about possibly appearing in the original 1977 film as Han Solo himself. 

Grammer is not a total stranger to genre fare, having performed in Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: The Last Stand, and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but we had no idea that the man behind Dr. Frasier Crane (on both Cheers and Frasier) had genre roots this deep. In some Star Wars documentaries, you can see footage of Kurt Russell's read on the legendary smuggler, but this is the first time we're hearing about Grammer possibly being in the mix to argue with Princess Leia and fly the Millennium Falcon. 

Take a look at the clip and listen to him tell the tale: 

So, Grammer gets thrown out of Julliard, gets sent to an agent named Mort Schwartz, and then winds up going to talk to George Lucas about "a fairy tale in space" movie, with possibly "a John Wayne character." Of course, Grammer assured the young director he could pull that off, no problem.

Grammer heard nothing following his meeting with Lucas, and the part obviously went to Harrison Ford — but two years later, Grammer says he was sitting in a movie theater watching a movie with some giant spaceships when all of a sudden it hit him: "Oh my god... this is that movie," he said. "That's that weird guy, that guy Lucas." 

Though he banters with Conan about how he missed out on that one, he does admit that things worked out pretty well anyway. Can you possibly imagine a young Kelsey Grammer playing that role? There's certainly a variety of roles in the GFFA that would fit him at any age, but Han Solo? Not a perfect match, and perhaps "that guy Lucas" realized it. 

Weirdly enough, this revelation comes just days after Solo: A Star Wars Story star Donald Glover mentioned Grammer's most famous role when describing what his ideal Lando spin-off film would be. Glover remarked that it could be "cool" to see something like "Frasier in Space." (And that's the second time this week that we've typed that phrase!) 

Do you still really want to hear Grammer banter and squabble with Luke Skywalker? The good news is you can — Trollhunters Season 2 is streaming on Netflix right now, with Season 3 coming out tomorrow. Listen to Blinky and Dictatious go a few rounds and imagine what might have been. 

Do you desperately want to see Dr. Crane play Han Solo, or are you relieved that Elvis left the building? Let us know in the comments— we're listening.