Want to see Kurt Russell as a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder?
Russell, who stars in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight this holiday, revealed on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show that he auditioned for the original Star Wars, and read for both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
“Years ago, they were going to do this movie, and guys my age were all going in to read for it,” Russell recalled. “It was the Millennium Falcon this, and the Death Star that — we had no idea what we were talking about.”
Tina Fey, whose new comedy Sisters comes out on Dec. 18, was also a guest on the show and has her own history with the Star Wars franchise, having famously dressed up as Princess Leia on 30 Rock.
“If you want to meet some perverts, dress up like Princess Leia,” Fey wisely advised.
Having both missed their chances to be the true Han and Leia, Norton had them reenact the famous scene at the end of The Empire Strikes Back where Leia tells Han she loves him right before he is frozen in carbonite, to which he replies, “I know.”
“See, that’s cool,” Fey said after Russell delivered the line. “He should have booked it.”
The third guest on the talk show, English comedian Josh Widdicombe, contributed some wailing as Chewbacca. Watch the clip above.
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Sisters and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens both open in theaters on Dec. 18. The Hateful Eight will get a limited 70mm release on Christmas Day.