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Kurt Russell auditioned for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in original Star Wars


Kurt Russell during filming of the Graham Norton Show

Kurt Russell during filming of the Graham Norton Show

Kurt Russell during filming of the Graham Norton Show

Actor Kurt Russell auditioned for the original Star Wars movie but ended up taking a role in a Western.

Russell, 64, revealed he read for the parts of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker back in the day.

Talking to Graham Norton, he explained: "Guys my age were all lining up to be in it. I read for both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.

"At the time we were saying, 'the Millennium Falcon this' and 'the Death Star that' and we had no idea what we were talking about.

"There was a western show I had been chosen for and I had to make a choice so I asked George Lucas if he thought he would use me but he said he didn't know so I went for the western - I had to work."

Currently starring in director Quentin Tarantino's new movie, The Hateful Eight, he heaped praise on working with the famed director.

"I love the guy. You have to come to the set prepared to give everything you can think of and you'll have the greatest time you could have on a movie set," he said. "The love of what he does is infectious. If you come ready to play, you'll have the time of your life."

But he did warn that Tarantino has strict rules on set, one being "no devices you can switch on and off".

The other is no sleeping on set, which Russell revealed had a hefty 'fine': "I f you are caught, your photo is taken with Big Jerry, a very large purple dildo next to your face and the photo is displayed on the wall. And, as you get older, you like to take more and more naps!"

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One tonight at 10:35pm