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Kurt Russell passed on a potential 'Star Wars' role to act in an ABC western

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Kurt Russell must have been kicking himself. He might still be.

On the 40th anniversary of the original "Star Wars" film, it's been revealed that the actor was actually in the final rounds of auditions for what would become George Lucas' legendary film series, but took himself out of the running because he had to give ABC an answer on whether he would appear in one of its westerns, USA Today reported.

"I clearly made the right choice," laughed Russell. 

Kurt Russell Star Wars Audition

WATCH | Kurt Russell's audition for "Star Wars"

"Interviewing for the parts of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. It's on tape, it exists anyone out there can go to YouTube and see it. I didn't have any idea what I was talking about, something about a Death Star and a Millennium Falcon," said Russell. 

"I was actually in the final running, but I needed to give an answer to ABC to do a Western show. I asked George, 'Do you think you're going to use me?' He said, 'I don't know if I'm going to put you with him, or him with those two guys.' I gotta go to work, so I did the Western."

Thankfully for Russell, his career has been doing just fine. 

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