The new Star Wars movie is officially released in two days’ time, and this is also the first week of full time writing for me, and Han Solo/Harrison Ford were one of the major reasons I’m writing at all.
There really is only one ultimate pulse pause moment that Han Solo delivered along with his charm and snarky attitude (“Who’s scruffy-looking???”), and that’s the “I know” moment, the one that has driven the heart of most of my romance novel heroes. If you’re not sure what moment I’m talking about, here’s a somewhat fuzzy clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-KR-14uXM
But there were a lot of other little pulse blip moments that Han Solo delivered, especially in the second movie, The Empire Strikes Back, where he and Leia battled out their conflicts with some of the best one line comebacks I’ve ever seen. Like most of Star Wars‘ simplistic dialogue, it wasn’t so much what the pair of them said, but the attitude that delivered the lines that makes them memorable.
Solo: “Come on — you want me to stay because of the way you feel about me.”
Leia: “Yes, you’re a natural leader–”
Solo. “No. That’s not it.” Looks her in the eye.
Leia (flustered): “You’re imagining things.”
Leia: “I’d sooner kiss a Wookie!”
Solo (pissed, now). “I can arrange that. You could use a good kiss!”
The actors managed to endow these little exchanges with a metric ton of sub-text and meaning, all expressed through reactions, expressions, tones and more. It was great to watch. Still is.
And Harrison Ford is looking mighty fine for a man his age, too.