HOLLYWOOD – Happy Days actor and Rush director Ron Howard has promised that his Han Solo won’t feature Lego.

Ron Howard has been called in to replace Philip Lord and Chris Miller and has promised that he will reverse the Lego-like direction the new Star Wars film was going in. Kathleen Kennedy spoke to the Studio Exec:

The thing we all love about Ron is that there’s no Lego in any of his movies. Far and Away: no Lego. Rush: No Lego. Cinderella Man: no Lego. Apollo 13: no Lego. I could go on.

Please don’t.

Splash and A Beautiful Mind and The DaVinci Code: No L… wait I think there might have been some Lego in The DaVinci Code. But that was very much the anomaly.

Apart from the no Lego thing what does Ron bring to the table for Star Wars?

Well, he’s available. He has no discernible style to get in the way of the franchise. We’re kind of sick of all this ‘respect my vision’ bullshit. This is a Han Solo movie. The vision is: do you want to see a Han Solo movie? Yes. Okay open your eyes. There it is. What do you mean where’s the Lego? Get out of my house.

Han Solo will be released in 2018.



LONDON – With a new film in cinemas – the Formula 1 racing thriller Rush – I jumped at the chance to sit down with the Angels and Demons director Ron Howard to discuss this project and his career.

Little did I know that he was on a strict color coordinated diet and worse yet today was a blue day.

So Richie, what first attracted you to Formula 1 as a subject for a film?

I suppose it was simply reading Peter Morgan’s wonderful script. You see we’d worked already on Frost/Nixon and… wait a second.


Did you just call me Richie?


Okay. I think … where was I?  Oh yeah, the script was really good so I latched onto that. 

When you were directing the actors did you have any difficulties?

No, not at all both Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth are very talented actors. And extremely professional, though I am sorry to hear that Chris and Miley Cyrus have split up.

I heard that Daniel at one point during the driver’s meeting scene refused to sit on a stool and you had to tell him ‘to sit on it’.

I don’t remember that incident specifically. As I say, there are times a director has to put his foot … oh wait I see what you’re doing.


You’re just…

I heard the schedule was very tight. What was the typical week?

Erm… Well, it was tight as a matter of fact. It was a lot of shooting and a lot of hard work. We’d start Monday…

Tuesday Happy Days!

Oh this is bullshit. I came here to do an interview. And you’re just trying to make a bunch of lame Richie Cunningham references. 

Best work you did Richie.

I made Cinderella Man, Goddam it! And Apollo 13 and Far and Away. The Da Vinci Code… You know now that you think about it Happy Days was a lot of fun. Okay fair enough. Ask away.

Well, actually that’s all we have time for and these Gorgonzola cornflakes are beginning to repeat.

No come back, seriously. I can tell you what Henry Winkler’s really like. And I got a hilarious story about the time Potsie potsied Joanie. Hey…

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Good Morning Sir. Thanks for joining us.

Not at all, dear boy. Not at all.

How did you get the role in The Lone Ranger?

Well I was coming off a two month run of Henry V at the Old Vic. An astounding production and Kevin Spacey is such a joy to work with. Superb! Anyway, Johnny came to see me in my dressing room after the final performance and asked if I wanted to play the lead in The Lone Ranger. Well at first I thought it was a silly idea I mean, kids these days haven’t the foggiest who The Lone Ranger is and when Johnny told me he was playing Tonto, I swear I almost choked on my hay bale.

And yet despite your reservations you accepted the part?

Well you see darling as much as I’m a firm believer in artistic integrity, I was four months behind on my rent and I owed a rather large gambling debt to some irate East End gangsters. Poker you see. Omar Sharif introduced me to it when we were working together on Dr Zhivago. A beautiful game indeed but expensive and occasionally perilous. I mean look what happened to my old friend Shergar. One minute he’s eighty grand up on the roulette table at the Ritz Club, the next he owes a hundred thousand pounds to a syndicate of Irish gentlemen and mysteriously goes missing. I have no intention of being ground into hamburger mince so I gratefully accepted Johnny’s offer.

What was Johnny like to work with?

Oh the man’s a joy. His acting methodology is so subtle you’d swear he wasn’t acting at all. A consummate professional and a top chap. We go back years of course to the day’s when he was dating Kate (Moss) and we frequently did vast amounts of narcotics together. I’ve knocked all the drugs on the head these days, Vets orders, and wine and the occasional cigarette are my only vices but Johnny, he’s still something of a wild man.

Are you saying he still dabbles?

Well I don’t want to tell tales outside of school but somebody did bang on my trailer door in the early hours of the morning on several occasions screaming for me to provide them with a dose of Ketamine. I always keep a healthy supply due to the back injury I received whilst filming Far and Away. Anyway I hate to see a fellow creature in pain so I may or may not have left my medicine cabinet unlocked from time to time.

The film hasn’t been very well received by critics and is looking like a box office flop. Does that bother you?

Oh not at all dear boy. Not at all. Of course it’s fabulous if a film does do well but it’s such an uncertain business and once you’ve been in the game as long as I have. You simply do your job to the best of your ability, grab your wages and forget about it. I mean take Heaven’s Gate for example. Easily some of my finest work and we all thought it was going to be a big hit but the audiences rejected it.

What’s next for you?

Well I am contractually obliged to perform in the sequel to the Lone Ranger but it’s doubtful that will happen. I’ve just finished working on Mad Max: Thunder Road with George Miller, Tom Hardy and the delicious Charlize Theron. I’m narrating a documentary on the History of Farmyard Machinery for the BBC and there is another exciting project on the horizon but I can’t really talk about it.

Internet rumours suggest that project is Star Wars VII.

Oh behave. All will be revealed in time now go on, shoo I have a yoga class in 30 minutes.

Thanks for the interview

Go! And may the horse be with you.