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Conan O’Brien is no stranger to getting big stars to unveil important information about upcoming projects. Granted, the info is either fake or slightly exaggerated half of the time, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t get a lot of key information about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII out of Han So…I mean, Harrison Ford for his most recent appearance on Conan’s show. Not that anyone would really expect rumor-trouncing facts from a pre-taped late night show. Some audience member would have put any pertinent info on Twitter immediately.
Considering Ford has been answering questions about Star Wars longer than I’ve been alive, it’s understandable that he’s probably sick of getting the same old fanboy inquiries. But he plays it all gamely, with such professionalism, you might even think he secretly enjoys it. Just see his panel work from this year’s Comic-Con to see what I mean. But you know Conan is always going to do something different from some random fan at a Q&A. And pulling $1,000 out of an inner jacket pocket isn’t normal behavior for anyone, much less someone seeking Star Wars info.
But that’s exactly what Conan did once Ford faked his way through a big yawn and stretch. And after slowly pocketing the money with deadpan precision, Ford flubbed the original film’s opening scroll: “A long time ago in a place far, far away…”
Of course, the only “reveal” he gives goes no farther than saying he thinks they’re doing another one. Kaboom! Somebody give Conan his money back. But don’t look at me. I’m not going to pickpocket the man who took Greedo down.
We’re still at a point when barely any Episode VII news is known beyond the identities of the director, screenwriter, and composer. And even though they should be gearing up for production soon, it will be shrouded in secrecy, so there’s no telling when we’ll get anything beyond rumors.
That brings up an interesting question. For the more rabid Star Wars fans out there, how much money would you be willing to part with if it meant you could be privy to the film’s plot before anyone else? Add $100 if you’d want Ford to be the one to tell you.
Below, you can relive the time when Conan shocked the world by premiering the first ever footage from Abrams’ second Star Trek film. Perhaps we’ll get a repeat performance out of Abrams in a couple of years.