It’s pretty safe to say that Star Wars would have been a lot different if Sylvester Stallone—not Harrison Ford—had played rogue smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo. But guess what? It very well could have happened.
In an Ain’t It Cool News Q&A session, one fan asked the iconic action star if there was any truth behind rumors that he auditioned for the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars film. Sly confirmed this speculation, explaining that his audition “didn’t meet with much approval” and that when he stood in front of George Lucas, the Star Wars creator didn’t look at him once.
Stallone added, “[B]ut it all worked out for the best, since I don’t look good in spandex holding a ray gun.”
You can’t argue with him there. Plus, it’s hard to picture the likes of Rocky Balboa or John Rambo putting up with Ewoks.
Stallone’s latest film, The Expendables, opens August 13.