Kurt Russell's wonderfully bad audition tape for Han Solo

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

You may have seen this already, but we've rediscovered it and it's worth a chuckle: The black-and-white audition tape of Kurt Russell trying out for the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie.

There's a couple reasons we're relieved George Lucas picked Harrison Ford for the part. Russell's a great guy and all, but he seems to be auditioning for a role in a different kind of movie, one that's noirish and serious.

Also, if he had got the part, then what would have happened to Snake Plissken? Col. Jack O'Neill? Indiana Jones? The mind reels.

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