While promoting his new film Midsommar, the Irish actor Jack Reynor was asked about his Star Wars auditions by the Hollywood Reporter.
I hate to be predictable, but I have to ask about your Star Wars auditions. Starting with Episode VII, I presume you read fake sides for your audition, but since you eventually auditioned for Han Solo, do you know if you were vying for the role of Poe Dameron?
I have no idea to be honest with you, but I get the sense that I wasn’t. I don’t want to go into it too much because I don’t know what kind of trouble I could get into; obviously, Star Wars is a big institution. It’s also long enough ago now that I can’t really remember what the sides were, but it was very exciting to be considered for Episode VII. It was a long process, obviously, and I met with J.J. [Abrams] a couple of times on it. It was an exciting time, and then, of course, I was considered for the Han Solo movie, too. Again, that was a long process. For each of those films, the casting process went on for a good nine months. It was interesting, and I think it would’ve been exciting to do the Han Solo movie. Who wouldn’t have wanted to play that character? Ultimately, it wasn’t to be for me, but I did watch the film and not only did Alden Ehrenreich do a really great job, it was my favorite of all the Star Wars movies that have come out recently.
Out of 2,500 actors, you made the final threefor Han Solo. As much as I like Solo, it’s the first StarWars film to lose money after being plagued by on-set drama. Knowing how it turned out, would you still have gone through with it had you landed the role?
Absolutely. If you’re an actor in this day and age and you’re only driven by the bottom line — a film’s critical reception and its box office success — you’re not going to have a particularly fulfilling career. There’s so much to be gained from the experience of making a film — working with people, the community you can develop, the travel. There’s a world out there to be seen, and sometimes, these films bring you to places you never would’ve been before. That is really what drives my decisions in the roles I take, sometimes. It might shoot somewhere amazing that I’ve never been; it’s just a new and unique experience to be had. All of that stuff builds up and becomes part of your reservoir of experiences to draw on as an actor. If it had worked out and I got the film, I would’ve done it, 100 percent, even knowing how it was received.
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