Well hot damn, someone dug up Kurt Russell’s old audition tape for the role of Han Solo. It’s well known that Harrison Ford beat out some big name actors for the role (Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken), but up until now I thought the audition tapes existed only as Patton Oswalt bits and SNL sketches. Who would’ve thought the Stuntman Mike version of an intergalactic smuggler would be… kind of a wuss? Not that you can blame him. It’s hard to look cool while delivering lines like, “What’s that little droid carrying around that’s so blasted important, anyway?”
He also shows his tender side at the 5:07 mark when the off-camera female flubs a line and he leans over to pat her thigh comfortingly. It was the 70s and you could still do stuff like that. “Aw, you messed up? Don’t beat yourself up, it’s not your fault you’re just a girl. Here, let me pat you playfully on the butt.” You know he hit that later that day. Look at that hair. No one could resist.