Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actor Harrison Ford, who has reprised his role as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", wanted the character to be killed off in "Return of the Jedi", the sixth episode of the "Star Wars" saga.
In a taped interview that aired on the TV show "Conan", Ford explained why he wanted the smuggler to die in the original trilogy, reports aceshowbiz.com.
"It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise, not that there wasn't some already but I just wanted in on some part of it," Ford revealed.
"That was at the third occasion of filming the original three," he added.
"The Force Awakens" is set 30 years after the Battle of Endor at the end of "Return of the Jedi".
It also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, the seventh instalment of the "Star Wars" movie series released in the US on Friday.