Maybe it’s his roguish nature. Maybe it’s his charisma. Maybe it’s because he’s the straight man to all the Jedi mysticism that goes on in the first three “Star Wars” films.
Whatever the reason, it’s enough to vault Harrison Ford’s Han Solo to the top of the pack when it comes to YouGov.com’s list of the most popular original “Star Wars” characters.
YouGov’s study measured 6 characters in the original trilogy and mapped their approval ratings and their actor’s familiarity with the American public.
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Solo and Ford came in first in both categories. Seventy-eight percent of Americans had a high favorability rating for the smuggler who made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, and 98 percent of Americans knew who Ford was. (But come on, Solo is hardly Ford’s only iconic role. You’ve got Indiana Jones. Jack Ryan. Dr. Richard Kimble. President James Marshall.)
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the remaining five characters placed like so:
- James Earl Jones (Voice of Darth Vader): 69 percent favorability
- Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa/Leia Skywalker): 64 percent
- Sir Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi): 50 percent
- Mark Hamill (Luke SKywalker): 49 percent
- Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian): 48 percent
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