Solo: A Star Wars Story definitely has its work cut out for it. Sure there might be a bit of excitement building up over the upcoming Star Wars spinoff now, but the film started receiving criticism from fans the moment Lucasfilm announced it was working on a Han Solo movie.
Fans didn't want a Han Solo spinoff – they'd rather have one about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans didn't want Alden Ehrenreich to play a young Han Solo either, complaining that the Hail Caesar! star looked nothing like Harrison Ford.
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Ehrenreich decided to open up about how he deals with all the negativity surrounding the film. According to the Solo star, the only way to cope with the toxicity is to avoid it.
"I avoided it like the plague. It can be so destructive, and it's not really relevant to what we're doing," Ehrenreich told the publication. "You don't have any control over that. George Lucas said once in an interview, 'If you don't read reviews, they don't exist.' And it's true. Then you can still have a nice day and go to the park and you don't have to sit there going, 'Maybe that guy is right – maybe I shouldn't have moved my ear in that scene like that.'"
Ehrenreich's Solo co-star, Donald Glover, seemed to share the same sentiment. The Lando Calrissian actor's advice was to avoid the internet, saying that even overt optimism was a form of toxicity in itself.
"Especially on the Internet. The Internet is like a one and zero, like computer talk – things are either hot or cold," Glover explained. "Even someone saying, 'Guys, Solo is going to be the best movie ever!' – even that is toxic. Everything has become a popularity contest on some level."
Glover does have a point – films seem to have become a competition. We wonder how the fanbase is going to react after seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story. Would we have the usual cynicism, or would the film be met with support from the fanbase?
Let's wait and see.
Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres this Friday, May 25.