"I always want my characters to die...I thought Han Solo should have died at the end of the last Star Wars movie, just because it seemed right for the character."
And yet how realistic, in this world of corporate entertainment franchises, is the notion that an iconic character will simply be allowed to die?
Let's take the case of Indiana Jones. Ford can't keep making these films forever. There are rumors that Jones will bite the big one in the theoretical "last" Indiana Jones movie -- and that feels pretty plausible. But what will probably happen after that movie?
Imagine, if you will, an Indiana Jones reboot with, say, Jon Hamm in the title role. Or Bradley Cooper (assuming that his Crow reboot doesn't carry on the curse of that particular franchise). Or -- fuck it -- Ryan Reynolds.
That Indiana Jones reboot is guaranteed to make, before it is even released, tons and tons of money. There is no way that character is going to be allowed to die. ZERO POSSIBILITY.
But even without the (in my mind, extremely likely) chance of an Indy reboot -- there are tons of media options to carry on those stories with Ford's likeness. Video games, books, comics, even highly-realistic CGI movies.
I mean, isn't this the case with Han Solo? Regardless if Ford wanted to kill off Solo at the end of Return of the Jedi, that iconic character with his face has been very active in a whole host of different media for over 25 years.
Isn't that a weird feeling for an actor? I mean, in one sense it is cool, in another -- weird.
We are in the Post-Death Age of pop-culture and entertainment, I believe. A more in-depth exploration of this concept later.