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SFX - - The Millennium Falcon -

How the Fal­con made an almighty first im­pres­sion on its cap­tain

“What a heap of junk!” may have been the ini­tial re­ac­tion of a young Luke Sky­walker af­ter he first caught sight of the Mil­len­nium Fal­con in A New

Hope – and there’s an el­e­ment of truth in that state­ment – but in ac­tu­al­ity the colos­sal struc­ture made quite an im­pres­sion on the cast, in­clud­ing a young Har­ri­son Ford.

“It was a huge set and it was so im­pres­sive when you walked in there. I was there when Har­ri­son walked around the stages and he was just blown away by the scale and re­al­ity of it!” re­mem­bers Roger Chris­tian. “Be­fore that science fic­tion was pretty hokey stuff so I don’t think he fully ex­pected it. I think it helped him un­der­stand that there was some­thing spe­cial that Ge­orge was do­ing. It looked amaz­ing be­cause it was the first time any­body had ever seen a space­ship that looked real. It was fan­tasy you felt could work.”

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