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If it hadn’t been for the simple matter of an existing contract, Lucas and Spielberg may well have committed the daddy of all errors by casting Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. But Selleck was committed to filming Magnum PI and Han Solo got the role.
Tom Selleck was Steven Spielberg’s second choice for the role of Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford was his first, but George Lucas objected, since Ford had been in both American Graffiti (1973) and Star Wars (1977). Selleck was not able to take the role because he was committed to Magnum, P.I. (1980).
Robert De Niro, Sly Stallone and Kurt Russell also turned down playing Hans Solo but Pacino’s reasoning is the most distressing. “It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script,” he revealed. Harrison Ford later took the role.
Han Solo. Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Harrison Ford. In the original film trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance which opposes the Galactic Empire.