Actually, the Ford depicted in Rinzler’s equally fantastic “The Making of The Empire Strikes Back” seems even more invested in Solo. “Empire” was a much more grueling shoot than “Star Wars,” but Ford wasn’t just along for the ride. “I think of myself as an assistant storyteller,” he said at the time, and there’s no better example of that than his debate with “Empire” director Irvin Kershner over the carbon freezing scene.
In the script, Solo’s response to Leia’s declaration of love for him was written as “I love you, too.” It’s now lore that Ford changed it to “I know.” But if you read the transcript of Ford’s conversation with Kershner on the set, you can see that Ford wasn’t just being a smartass. He put a lot of thought into that line. “But if she says, ‘I love you,’ and I say, ‘I know,’ it’s beautiful and it’s acceptable and it’s funny,” he pleaded. “The point is, I’m not worried about myself anymore; I’m worried about her.”