Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit AMA today, and he had some interesting things to say. It’s worth reading the entire AMA, when you get the chance. He discusses his work with James Cameron on Years of Living Dangerously, a docu-series on climate change that premieres on Showtime April 13th at 10 p.m. ET., as well as his favorite cheese, his workout routine, and a recent trip to Indonesia. There were no Episode VII answers. Plenty of questions, though!
Before we begin run through our list, it seems appropriate to start here:
“Someone said thank you for being a part of so many childhood films: Well, thank you. I really appreciate that. It’s a privilege to be able to be involved with people as talented as the people I’ve had the luck to work with, and it’s just been a great experience for me, and I’m glad that so many of the films I’ve had the luck to do were films that could be enjoyed by families together.”
Right. On to business (not presented in any particular order).
10. Regarding injuries or funny stories from any of the movies he’s done, Harrison provided this response – It’s a familiar story, no doubt, but it’s fun to hear it from the man himself.
“Oh, let’s see. On the first Indiana Jones movie, I tore an ACL in one of my knees, can’t remember which knee, the scene in which I was fighting the big German mechanic on an airplane called a flying wing, I was run over by the landing gear and injured my knee, but I can’t remember which one it was. Lots of bumps and injuries along the way.
Funny stories? We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And I was suffering from dysentery, really, found it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for more than 10 minutes at a time. We’d done a brief rehearsal of the scene the night before we were meant to shoot it, and both Steve and I realized it would take 2 or 3 days to shoot this. And it was the last thing we were meant to shoot in Tunisia before we left to shoot in England. And the scene before this in the film included a whip fight against 5 bad guys that were trying to kidnap Marian, so I thought it was a bit redundant. I was puzzling how to get out of this 3 days of shooting, so when I got to set I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch and Steve said “I was thinking that as well.” So he drew his sword, the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes. But he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England.”
9. How does he feel about the new Blade Runner movie that’s in the works?
“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”
Still on the subject of Blade Runner, was Richard Deckard a replicant or not?
“I think that it’s a wonderful storytelling mechanism for that question to be left unanswered. I love that people are still curious about it.”
And, one more… What was the worst movie set to work on?
“The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I’ve ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining.”
8. Is he really as uncomfortable as he seems when doing talk shows?
“Oh no, in most cases, those guys are so talented and so funny. I don’t hate it at all, in fact it’s interesting you would think that because I usually have a really good time. I’m there to bring attention to some project that’s about to be released, and it’s great to be able to take advantage of that to bring attention to bring attention to the film.”
7. On the subject of fighting, who would win – Indy or Han?
“The promoter would win.”
How about Harrison v. Mark Hamill?
“Me, of course.”
6. Has he snagged any souvenirs from any of his iconic movie roles? Any fedoras, whips, blasters, or Wookiees lying around the Ford household?
“No, I don’t keep any, I’m not terribly nostalgic and I don’t have a lot of things from my movies. And certainly don’t have a lot of them around my house. Those are separate worlds for me.”
5. Okay, who really shot first?
“I don’t know and I don’t care.”
4. Any tips for aspiring actors?
“You know, all I can say is that it’s rewarding and challenging, and the competition is so strong that the chances of being successful in that area are statistically daunting. But most people give up, or are unable to sustain themselves until they have the opportunity to become successful which means to get work, so the only thing I can say is try to figure out how not to give up. If it’s a true ambition and you really have a passion for storytelling, try and figure out how to hang in there.”
3. How about all those helicopter rescues?
“You know, anything that I was involved in with picking people up in a helicopter, I was one of a group of people working with Wyoming on search and rescue. And they were always team efforts, and it was always embarrassing to be singled out and given credit for a rescue or any help I was able to give because it was always a team effort.”
2. There is an ant named after Harrison Ford.
“Yes, I think an ant was named after me by Dr. Wilson. We spoke about him earlier. And they offered to name a butterfly after me, and I thought that would be better that it be named after my daughter, Georgia.”
1. Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?!
“I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I’m quite familiar with snakes and think they’re fantastic creatures.”
*Bonus* Was ‘I know’ really an ad lib?
“It’s not really an ad lib, it was a suggestion, and movie making’s a real collaborative process at its best. You don’t ad lib it, you suggest it and then you try something in rehearsal and then you agree. So it was my suggestion, because I thought it was more of a character line than what was written, but the director and Carrie and I all thought it was a good idea at the time so we did it.”
Harrison Ford, we love you.
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