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Harrison Ford explaining why Han Solo had to die to Ryan Gosling is priceless

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/3/2017 Bryan Alexander
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Ryan Gosling didn't ask his sometimes gruff Blade Runner 2049 co-star Harrison Ford about the shocking death of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Too sensitive a topic.

"I wouldn’t dare," Gosling told USA TODAY. "It doesn’t seem like he wants to talk about this."

So we asked Ford on camera with Gosling about Han Solo's dramatic death. That was for you, Ryan.

And Ford's description to Gosling is pretty fantastic. He admits the Han Solo screen death that rocked the universe was a good thing. Harrison Ford explains Han Solo's death to Ryan Gosling. © Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Harrison Ford explains Han Solo's death to Ryan Gosling.

"I wanted him to die for a long time. So I finally talked them into it," said Ford, causing Gosling to crack up.

Zero disrespect to the iconic Solo. The death was "not to just dispose of him. But to ennoble his participation. And give the whole tune some bottom. A bass note."

Gosling, who found out that Ford loved his performance in La La Land, followed the music metaphor.

"I’ve caught where you drifted," Gosling told him.

"A song metaphor. Did I drift?" Ford said. "I drove there, man. I didn’t drift anywhere."

The duo are driving, not drifting, to big-screen success as the stars of Blade Runner 2049. The critically acclaimed film is in theaters Friday.

   

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