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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Harrison Ford thinks Han Solo was boring and should have died. We don't agree.

By Liz Kelly

In the new movie "Morning Glory," discerning actor Harrison Ford plays an a.m. news show anchor opposite the ever-enchanting Diane Keaton. The 68-year-old is also contemplating a fifth installment of the geriatric "Indiana Jones" franchise.

I mention all of this by way of preamble because Ford recently told ABC News that Han Solo -- the "Star Wars" character that vaulted Ford on to the "A" list -- was "not interesting" and should have died at the end of "Return of the Jedi."

"I don't think there's a way to weave him back into the story," Ford said in a recent interview with ABC. "Besides which as a character he was not so interesting to me. I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom."

After the jump, three Harrison Ford characters that deserve to die before Han Solo...

Not so interesting? Han Solo is only the most dynamic and quotable of all the stars in the original "Star Wars" trilogy firmament. I mean, come on: "Laugh it up, furball." And Han provided a very well-formed bottom at the end of "The Empire Strikes Back" -- frozen into a block of carbonite. We were left in jittery suspense about his fate until "Jedi" hit theaters and he was saved from Jabba the Hutt's floating party palace. And, I'm sorry, but the end of Jedi was disappointing enough (Ewok-a-palooza anyone?) without having to deal with the death of Han Solo.

Besides, if Han was resurrected in a prequel, he'd probably be replaced by -- Oh, I don't know -- Shia LaBeouf anyway.

Below I list three Harrison Ford characters that deserve to die on-screen before Han Solo:

1. Indiana Jones: Ford returned to this long dormant franchise in 2008 with "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." I spent 122 minutes cringing in my seat waiting for him to fall and break a hip. And, guess what: Ford just didn't have that Indiana Jones spark anymore. Besides, wasn't that movie meant to pass the Jones baton to LaBeouf?

2. Jack Ryan: ("Patriot Games," etc.) Now it can be said: Alec Baldwin made a much better Jack Ryan than the over-dramatic Ford. Where Baldwin's played the CIA analyst as a plucky brainiac who stumbles into Cold War hijinks, Ford took all the warmth out of the character, leaving us with a sullen government cog who, truth be told, did live in a lovely home on the Eastern Shore.

3. Mike Pomeroy ("Morning Glory")
As a general rule, any character forced to share the screen with Diane Keaton should just off himself.

Finally, as ably demonstrated by the clip below, Han Solo could've had an amazing run as an '80s PI:

By Liz Kelly  | November 12, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
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sometimes i wish there were a courtney love / diane keaton vehicle just so i could watch liz pull a nomadesque logic bomb self-destruct...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | November 12, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Puh-lease! Get the quotes right. It's "laugh it up, fuzzball" not furball!!!

Posted by: westenddc | November 12, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy!"

"Oh well. La-dee-dah. La-dee-dah. La-la. Yeah."

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | November 12, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote ESB, originally had Han Solo die at the end but was forced to change it by Lucas. Both Kasdan and Ford agreed that Han's story arc was done by the end of EMPIRE and he didn't have anything left to do but sacrifice himself for his friends. Lucas wouldn't do it. I recall this from the making-of features on the DVD. Someone more in the know can likely correct or expand for us.

Posted by: Handsome_John_Pruitt | November 12, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

How could you forget "Regarding Henry"? Harrison Ford's character should've died at the beginning of that one, saving us a coupla hours of a whole lotta dreck.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | November 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ack! TD! The movie-that-must-not-be-named! Breaks every rule of dramatic resolution and people apparently didn't mind because it was disguised in shmaltzy treacle!

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | November 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Harrison Ford was the most boring playing himself on Letterman the other night.

Posted by: dors | November 15, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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