Actor Paul Bettany told Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s The Tonight Show that he sent a text to Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard begging for a role in the movie — Howard responded, “LOL I’ll get back to you.”
Actor Paul Bettany really wanted to be involved in the Star Wars franchise, so much so that he sent a desperate text to Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard for a role in the film.
On The Tonight Show on Thursday, Bettany told Jimmy Fallon that he texted Howard “begging” to be in the movie.
The text from Bettany said, “Have you ever spent long winter evenings wondering why you’re not in the Star Wars franchise? I have.”
Howard responded, “LOL I’ll get back to you.”
“If you don’t ask you don’t get,” Bettany told Fallon. “You have to beg.”
Bettany’s text worked after all, as the actor was cast after the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired over creative differences and Howard stepped in to replace them.
Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams in the movie, who could not return for reshoots. The villain role of Dryden Vos was reworked for Bettany.
“[Howard] got back to me and two weeks later I was flying over to be in ‘Star Wars,'” Bettany continued.
Bettany already starred in another blockbuster this year as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. He’ll finally make his Star Wars debut when Solo: A Star Wars Story debuts in cinemas next week.