Disney used a fairly obvious enticement to get “Star Wars” hero Harrison Ford to be a part of “The Force Awakens.” The U.K. publication The Guardian reports that the secret to luring Han Solo back to a galaxy far, far away was money.
Ford is reportedly receiving a $25 million upfront paycheck along with a 0.5% share of the movie’s gross, which could be worth another $9 million.
“The basic figure is more than 56 times the $450,000 flat fee received by British newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley — who will also start to receive a cut once the film grosses $1 billion worldwide — and crucially, 17 times the $1.5 million sum Carrie Fisher is due to receive for returning to the role of Leia Organa,” the report notes.
The story quotes a source at Disney sayaing: “Harrison is the key to making this movie work. He’s the link between the old generation and the new. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were good to get, but the film could have lived without them. You couldn’t make it without Harrison Ford.”