“There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this?’” she said. Director Ron Howard added that the moment will probably get a laugh out of audiences when they see it in theaters.
Thanks to Variety's latest cover story on the film, we now know what the scene is and the exact way in which Lucas influenced it.
Minor spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story!
The sequence in question is simple enough: a personal moment between Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his love interest and friend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) in Lando's cape closet on the Millenium Falcon. Originally, the script called for the brazen smuggler to take Qi'ra's own cloak and hang it up, but when Lucas got wind of this, he decided to interject his own opinion on how the moment should play out.
“He said, ‘You know, Han wouldn’t bother to hang it up,’” said the movie's director Ron Howard. “And then he sort of did it. George became Han Solo for a second. The body language was there and the attitude. Not only was it a nice accent on the scene, but it was also a reminder that George created this character and really understood him. He was so reluctant [to offer his opinion], and yet the choice was so right that it was fun to use it.”
As the old saying goes, "You can take the Lucas out of the Star Wars, but you can't take the Star Wars out of the Lucas."
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens everywhere Friday.