This week, we’re returning to the Nerd Role Models series, where we examine popular characters from geek culture, break down just why people respond to them and – critically – look at just what you can learn from them. And considering that The Force Awakens has rekindled the love of Star Wars in nerds around the world, it’s a great time to return to the subject of Nerd Role Models with a look at the quintessentially charming scoundrel: Han Solo. We all may have loved watching Luke grow from wide-eyed farm-boy to bad-ass Jedi Master over the span of the original trilogy but the older we get the more wish we could be as cool as that scruffy-looking nerf-herder.
Much like Peter Venkman, it’s more or less impossible to talk about Han Solo without acknowledging just how much Harrison Ford is responsible for bringing the character to life. Much as with Indiana Jones, Ford’s easy charm (and unwillingness to put up with Lucas’ weaknesses as a writer) is a big part of what makes Han Solo, Solo.
So what is it about Han that makes him such an iconic character, and how can you learn to incorporate a little more rogueishness into your own life?