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In the press junket for BLADE RUNNER 2049, Harrison stopped by Live With Kelly & Ryan to discuss the film. He also dispelled any rumours of his return to the STAR WARS franchise as Han Solo saying the character is dead. I loved what he said about the “utility of the character.” Though I’m still not happy with STAR WARS VI: THE FORCE AWAKENS in that it wasn’t an original film, Harrison did finally get his wish to have Han killed off. In my mind though he’s still in his seat on the Millennium Falcon with Chewy galaxy hopping. Ah the memories. He also talked about his first role in DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND and the story about his being told he wasn’t a “star”. You can find the screencaps from that film in this post: “Dead Heat On A Merry-Go-Round” Screencaps .

A special treat of Harrison from 1966. The film was DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND and it was Harrison’s first film. Here he was uncredited as a Bellhop who needs to find “Mr. Ellis” to deliver a telephone message to. Harrison was a young nubile 22-years-old, a mere baby. A funny story surrounds his role in this film.

Ford said in a 1984 interview, around the time Return of the Jedi was released, that his first, small performance as a bellboy in 1966’s Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round did not go over well with a Columbia executive who called the then 22-year-old into his office to berate him.

“He called me into his office and said, ‘I want to tell you a story, kid.’ Kid, he always called me kid. He was about 15 minutes older that I was,” Ford began. “He said, ‘First time Tony Curtis was ever in a movie … he delivered a bag of groceries, a bag of groceries, kid. And you took one look at that guy, and you knew that was a movie star.'”

Ford fired back: “Well I thought that was supposed to be a delivery boy!”

Ford was fired, he said.

Although Ford — most identifiable with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises — has told that story of the sour encounter in previous talk show appearances, it was in the Jedi interview that he joked that the executive ended up working for him once he became a star.

At the end of Ford’s story, the interviewer asks if he knows where that executive is now.

Ford looks around and responds, “Jerry, can we have some more coffee?”

Too funny I think.