A while back, it was revealed that 2,500 actors had tested for young Han Solo, as Lucasfilm and Disney set about the nearly-impossible task of replacing Harrison Ford as the iconic Star Wars actor. We’ve heard from the likes of Jack O’Connell and Miles Teller, who tested for the role, but now Daredevil star Charlie Cox has revealed he messed up his audition.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cox said he messed up his Han Solo tryout because, well, he was used to playing a blind character. Here’s what he said:
“I had gone to an audition—one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot—and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, ‘Why aren’t you looking at me?’ I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.
“I was fine, since I of course use my eyes in my everyday life. The interesting thing now will be if it’s hard to go back to playing blind again.”
So, Cox has gotten so used to portraying the blind superhero of Hell’s Kitchen that he doesn’t naturally make eye contact when auditioning for roles. That’s some serious – if a little unwitting – commitment to his role!
As we know, Alden Ehrenreich eventually scored the gig as the young Han Solo for the anthology film, set to be released in 2018 and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.