Session 118 isn’t from Star Wars Celebration but the rest of the photos are. Enjoy!
Site is back from hiatus! Hopefully my surgeries are over and I won’t need to be on hiatus again.
I’ve added over 5,000 photos from events from 1977-2015 (finally completing the public appearance section!) and many movie production stills. I’m not going to list them all but please check out the Public Appearances section of the gallery. Below are the photoshoots I’ve added:
Sorry, I got behind over the holidays. I’ll update the news in the next few days but here’s a gallery update!
MEN’S JOURNAL – With a terrifying plane crash behind him, a wildly anticipated return as Star wars’ Han Solo, and Steven Spielberg calling about Indiana Jones, can Harrison Ford finally admit the force is with him?
“That’s where I crashed.”
Harrison Ford is at the controls of his green-and-white Bell 407 helicopter, hovering above the Penmar golf course, where eight months earlier the 73-year-old actor crash-landed his vintage World War II plane shortly after takeoff. Ford suffered a broken pelvis and ankle and a scalp Laceration requiring five weeks in the hospital followed by six weeks of rehab at home confined to his bed, a wheelchair, and crutches.
Ford had been planning on a 20-minute flight. He’d gone mountain biking that morning and felt good. As always, he’d performed a meticulous preflight check, and everything seemed fine as he took the open-cockpit, single-engine Ryan ST3KR to 1,100 feet. Then the engine died, and all he could hear was the wind. He radioed the control tower at Santa Monica Airport.
“Ryan 178 engine failure, request immediate return.”
“Ryan 178, runway 21 clear to land.”
Ford knew he’d never make it to 21.
“I’ll have to go to three.”
“Ryan 178, runway three clear to land.”
Ford woke up at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center five days later. “My first question was, ‘Did I kill anybody on the ground?’? ” he says. He doesn’t remember the crash. “I knew I wasn’t going to make the runway,” Ford says, “so I was going to the golf course. What I regret more than anything is that I don’t actually remember the maneuvering, what decisions I made, after I decided I was going to the golf course.”
That Ford didn’t kill or injure anybody on the ground was a remarkable feat of flying. The small, nine-hole course is bordered by residential streets interspersed with parks, a day care center, and a playground. Had he missed the golf course, there might have been a different ending to the story.
“When the engine quit, my training had prepared me to deal with it in a way,” says Ford. “I really didn’t get scared. I just got busy. I knew what I was going to do, and I knew how to do it. The mantra aviators carry around in our heads is: Fly the airplane, first thing. Fly the airplane — even if it doesn’t have an engine, fly. Don’t give up that ship, matey. And even though I don’t remember the details of it, I guess I was able to do that, because the way I landed, the wings were level. I didn’t stall it. I’m here.”
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the cause was a problem with the carburetor that would have been virtually impossible to detect during maintenance. The pilot was blameless.
GQ – Han Solo never wants you to tell him the odds, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a sure thing to break box-office records, due in no small part to Harrison Ford. In an exclusive interview in the lastest issue of GQ, he talks of his doubts over Disney’s takeover, why he has never had heroes and what it’s like to play the most beloved film character of modern times. May the Ford be with you…
Han Solo has changed in The Force Awakens
“I think all the elements of Solo are somewhat preserved in the next movie. The fallibility remains, if we’re to call it that, although we don’t pretend that he is the same person or the same age as he was then. He has been changed inside and out… [He’s been through the] same old shit every man goes through. Disappointment. His disappointments and the disappointments he’s produced in other people.”
Harrison Ford suggested killing Han Solo off
“I was happy enough with the character but I thought there ought to be… more. As we did a sequel, there was the romance with Leia and the tensions with Luke that I thought was fine, and in the third one I thought let’s have Solo [killed]. I thought let’s get some bottom in this, add some bass notes to this thing. To me [killing Solo] seemed like the obvious utility, to have him whacked and create some drama. That didn’t happen. And thank God no one listened to me!”