He’s a spider, a lifesaver, and had his ear pierced at Claire’s Accessories
1. Alec Guinness could never remember his name
In Piers Paul Read’s biography of Ford’s Star Wars co-star, amongst general grouching about the film’s “rubbish dialogue”, it was revealed that Guinness had great difficulty remembering the then-unknown actor’s name. As he wrote to a friend: “I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet – and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison (? – No!) – well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety – and treat me as if I was 106. Oh, Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?”
2. He had his ear pierced at Claire’s Accessories
Ford decided to pierce his ear at the age of 55, after lunching with his friend Jimmy Buffett and becoming jealous of the stud in his ear. He and his then-wife, ET screenwriter Melissa Mathison, promptly walked into a Los Angeles branch of Claire’s Accessories and had his ear pierced by a sales assistant named Tavora. According to Mathison, Ford “didn’t flinch, and when it was done, he said, ‘That didn’t hurt.'” He then left a note reading: “To Tavora. You made a hole in me. Harrison Ford.”
3. He was paid $10,000 to make Star Wars
This was actually a hefty raise from Harrison’s first film with George Lucas, 1973’s American Graffiti – he was paid $500 a week to play drag racer Bob Falfa. For The Empire Strikes Back his salary was $100,000, going up to $500,000 for Return of the Jedi. In 22008, he was paid £43.3 million to star in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
4. He loves narrow-boats
In 2006, Ford caused a stir in the North Wales canal community when he pulled up to Chirk Marina in a narrow-boat, accompanied by his then-wife Calista Flockhart and their son. Making a stop on their way to Shropshire via the Union Canal, the family visited the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and – according to the BBC – Ford was later spotted buying “sugar and black bin bags” at the local Co-op.
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.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation producer J.J. Abrams was a guest on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, and while Abrams was ostensibly there to promote the new Tom Cruise movie, host Jon Stewart only wanted to talk to him about Star Wars. Abrams didn’t reveal anything substantial about directing The Force Awakens, but he and Stewart did get to geek out about Harrison Ford.
“The guy is like a real-life superhero. He should have the Marvel logo above his name,” Abrams said, before recalling what happened when the actor broke his leg on the Force Awakens set last year.
“He’s down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes,” Abrams said. “This door had gone down, and I’m trying to help lift it up – because that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m trying to lift up this door and I feel this pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.’”