Saturday, April 20, 2024

Star Wars Trivia: The First Harrison Ford-JJ Abrams Movie, 25 Years Ago, Wasn’t a Big Hit


When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens this week, it won’t be the first time Han Solo and J.J. Abrams have made a movie.

The first time was just about 25 years ago, in 1991. Abrams wrote and got a co-producer credit on “Regarding Henry.” The Mike Nichols-directed film starred Harrison Ford and Annette Bening. It was Abrams’ first produced screenplay, at age 24.

“Regarding Henry” was not a big hit. It was a middling comedy with some nice moments and a kind of soggy reveal. Abrams had a walk on as a delivery boy. The film made a not bad for the time $43,001,500 as Ford, long past Han Solo, was hot off “Working Girl,” as were Nichols– from that film– and Bening– from “The Grifters.”

Abrams had a couple of other films produced at the time including a pre-scandal Mel Gibson in “Forever Young.” But it wouldn’t be until almost eight years later that he’d start to hit it big in TV with “Felicity,” then “Alias,” and “Lost.” The rest, as they say, is history!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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