"Never tell me the odds." The odds that Burt Reynolds was meant to portray Han Solo in Star Wars, that is!

In a recent interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, the 79-year-old actor made a shocking confession about his long acting career — he was once asked to play Han Solo in the original trilogy Star Wars franchise!

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Burt in August 2015.

"I'm not a big fan of science fiction," Burt said of ultimately passing on the role during the sit-down, where he was seated beside Simon Pegg, who appears in the series' upcoming revival, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "I should have done it actually."

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Of course, the coveted role ended up going to Harrison Ford! The 73-year-old actor will reprise the part in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 18.

Click through the gallery below to see what the original Star Wars cast is up to today!