Last year Harrison Ford did a Reddit Q&A and here are some of his responses!
Harrison Ford here. You all probably know me from movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I recently acted as a correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change which airs tomorrow, April 13, at 10 p.m. ET. I’ll be here with Victoria from reddit for the next hour answering your questions.
Well, watch Years of Living Dangerously and make it your business to understand the threat of climate change and what each of us can do to help preserve our environments and the potential for nature to preserve the human community. Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it.
Hello Harrison! Who would win in a celebrity boxing match: Han Solo or Indiana Jones?
The promoter would win.
Were there any injuries / weird occurrences / funny stories on any of the Indiana Jones sets?
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.
Hi Harrison! How do you choose your projects? And has this process changed for you since 1980s?
You know, it’s very hard to say what the motivation is these days. Most of the time I love the material, have the time free, and look for something different to do. I look for people I enjoy working with, I look for material that i think will make a film that people will go to. It’s my job.
Harrison, are you still freaked out by David Blaine’s card trick?
Yes, he’s a spooky guy. I mean, obviously he’s a great manipulator of both objects and people, and he’s very talented, and I really enjoyed what he does.
Hi Mr, Ford. I think we would all like to know: Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?
I don’t know and I don’t care.
What made you say yes to starring in Expendables 3?
I was on my way to Indonesia to do Years of Living Dangerously, and halfway around the world. And the location for Expendables was right on the way, and they asked me for a relatively short period of time, and it seemed like fun. I hadn’t seen the films but I looked one of them and i thought it was kind of funny, so I thought why not?
Can you elaborate on what happened between you and Chewbacca that lead to you having a falling out?
Ha. Well that was a skit for Kimmel, I think. With his writers, the idea behind it was that Chewbacca had borrowed my fictional wife.
What movie quote do you get asked to do the most?
“Get off my plane.”
How did you feel about Star Wars when you first started? How were you approached?
I was approached with the offer of a job, which at that point, was all I wanted to hear. I had helped George Lucas audition other actors for the principle parts, and with no expectation or indication that I might be considered for the part of Han, I was quite surprised when I was offered the part. My principle job at the time was carpentry, I had been under contract as an actor at Columbia and Universal. I had a house at the time I wanted to remodel, a bit of the wreck of a house. I’d invest money in tools but wouldn’t have money for materials, so I realized this was another way of putting food on the table. And allowing me to pick and choose from the acting jobs that were being offered at the time.
How did you like Spain during the filming of Indiana Jones? Have you been back? A couple more: how did you get into aviation? What’s your favorite aircraft to fly? Thanks! Get off my plane.
I enjoyed Spain. 90% of the work was outdoors on horseback, and I had a great time. I enjoyed Spain very much.
I’d always been interested in airplanes and flying, I’d taken a couple of lessons when I was in college, and later on in life, much later on in life. The lessons I took in college cost about $11 an hour for a plane and an instructor. But I only took 3 lessons because I didn’t have enough money. Then later in life, I was interested starting again. I don’t have favorites, I like all kinds of aircraft and all kinds of flying. I also enjoy helicopter flying.
Harrison, Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time. What are you thoughts on Ridley Scott’s talk of making a sequel? How can he improve upon perfection?
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.
What was your favorite Indiana Jones movie?
I don’t have favorites. I just love the work, and I’m glad that the films were so well-received. But I don’t really have favorites.
were you really a carpet salesman until you were 37?
Did you keep any props from any of your movies, if so which ones are your favorite?
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.
How do you feel about 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’r fantastic creatures.
This not attached to a question:
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.
I love you.