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Harrison Ford at the The Empire Strikes BackHarrison Ford made a rare public speaking appearance in Hollywood yesterday, at a charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back. The event, part of Lucasfilm's The Empire Gives Back (a year long charitable campaign) was to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of, arguably, the best Star Wars film.

Also in attendance were SW alumni Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ewan MacGregor (prequel Obi Wan Kenobi), alongside directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man). However, it was the short Q&A session by Ford that had the internet buzzing in anticipation.

Find out more and watch some footage of the Ford interview after the jump... Harrison Ford at the The Empire Strikes BackHarrison Ford made a rare public speaking appearance in Hollywood yesterday, at a charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back. The event, part of Lucasfilm's The Empire Gives Back (a year long charitable campaign) was to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of, arguably, the best Star Wars film.

Also in attendance were SW alumni Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ewan MacGregor (prequel Obi Wan Kenobi), alongside directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man). However, it was the short Q&A session by Ford that had the internet buzzing in anticipation.

The actor, about to be seen in Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, took to the stage after the screening of Empire (the special edition, sacrilege fans). Although a full transcript has yet to be released, we have Steve Weintraub at Collider.com to thank for making notes. Here's a brief rundown on some of the things Ford talked about:

- He admitted that he hadn't seen Empire in thirty years.
- Ford discussed how everyone wanted to get into the Millennium Falcon whilst it was under construction and how, once it was finished, Peter Mayhew couldn't sit down properly in the cockpit.
- He said that no-one had any idea how it would look to actually pilot the Falcon.
- He was asked if it was true that he wanted Han Solo to die in the original trilogy. Ford said it would have created "an emotional bottom but George didn't agree."
- In relation to an audience question, concerning how George Lucas was unhappy when Ford and director Irvin Kershner changed the romantic dialogue between Leia and Han (when Leia says 'I love you', Lucas wanted Solo to reply 'I love you too'; thankfully that was changed to 'I know')

There you go then: a childhood hero to many, an awesome film and a good cause... sounds like a great night out.

Watch some footage from the Harrison Ford interview below (excuse the shaky camera work)...