By EW Staff
July 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM EDT

How do you interview tough guys like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig? Carefully, very carefully. It also helps if you bring their Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau in on the conversation. Last week, the three men sat down with EW at a ranch in Montana to discuss their upcoming genre-mashing sci-fi-western about extraterrestrials invading New Mexico in the 1870s. “A journey of redemption,” Craig calls the film, which is a lot more serious than its title suggests (it was produced by an all-star team of heavyweights, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer).

Beyond space invaders, the three amigos talk about everything from wearing chaps, to getting older, to their famous franchises. Ford describes how Tom Selleck almost got cast as Indiana Jones, and later reveals, “I thought Han Solo should have died at the end of the last Star Wars movie. Just because it seemed right for that character.” Craig, for his part, talks about former 007s (“I never liked Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan much,” he muttered, almost under his breath) and his role in the upcoming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He also expresses feelings about registering for wedding gifts. (Hint: he’s not a fan.)

For more on Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Cowboys & Aliens, pick up the new copy of Entertainment Weekly, on stands July 22.