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Han Solo and why we love flawed, selfish, and cynical heroes

HAN SOLO,A STAR WARS STORY

Lucasfilm Ltd. | Fair Use

Paul Asay - published on 05/19/18

Jim Stark, Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

JIM STARK,JAMES DEAN
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Star Wars creator George Lucas originally wanted Solo to be a green alien with gills, but he eventually settled on the character being a “tough James Dean style starpilot.” Indeed, Dean’s Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause was the template for many a troubled, tough-talking hero — though Jim’s story doesn’t lend itself to a lot of wisecracking. Jim gets into plenty of trouble, from getting arrested for drunkenness to his involvement in a deadly car race to the tragic finale. Throughout the spiraling story, you see Jim pulled between trying to do what’s right and a curious sense of fatalism. Eventually he chooses the former, much to both his, and our, relief.

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