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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.”