That's what the actor told a crowd in London at "An Evening with Pacino" this weekend, where he revealed that George Lucas offered Pacino the role of the swashbuckling pilot of the Millennium Falcon. It would have been a great coup for Lucas, an up-and-coming filmmaker with only a handful of credits to his name, to work with Pacino, who had come off Oscar-nominated turns in classics like "The Godfather" films and "Serpico." The pair were connected through Lucas pal and "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, and Pacino considered the part, but ultimately decided to pass.
"It was mine for the taking," he said this weekend, "but I didn't understand the script."
Ford ultimately won the role of a lifetime when he was cast as Solo, though Pacino wasn't the only obstacle on his pathway to stardom. Lucas initially didn't want to cast Ford because he didn't want to hire the same actors he'd worked with previously (the pair collaborated on 1973's "American Graffiti"), and considered Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase for the part, too.
Despite the wild speculation that picturing Pacino in the part elicits, we're confident that everything worked out for the best. Though if Pacino did indeed portray Solo, we're guessing there would have been less of a debate about who shot first.
[via Telegraph UK h/t Indiewire]
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