Actor Harrison Ford made a “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit yesterday, answering (and not answering) some of his fans’ most pervasive questions. Although the session only lasted one hour, Ford conveyed stories from the highlights of his career: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner..
In regard to Star Wars, Ford explained that when he was offered the part “I realized this was another way of putting food on the table.” Since his job at the time had be carpentry and not acting, he was surprised about the offer and took it right away. He also explained that “of course” he would win in a fight with Star Wars co-start Mark Hamill. And when asked the famous ‘who shot first’ question (Gredo or Solo), Ford quickly deflected: “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
His role in the Indiana Jones franchise covered more ground in the AMA compared to Star Wars. Ford said the character was more fun to do “because of the places we went to and the adventures and the action. But Han Solo was also a huge part of my life.” His longest reply was in response to a question asking for a good story about making the Indiana Jones movies:
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.
Unlike the character he played, Harrison Ford said that he actually likes snakes.
On Blade Runner Ford said he would love to work with Ridley Scott and revisit his character again if a sequel was made. When asked about whether he thought his character was a replicant or not he said “I think that it’s a wonderful storytelling mechanism for that question to be left unanswered,” adding “I love that people are still curious about it.”
Although he mentioned it in the AMA introduction, Ford only really got to answer one question regarding his latest project “Years of Living Dangerously”, which was a short plea on the importance of climate change. The miniseries focuses on character driven stories about people directly impacted on climate change. Show creator David Gelber told the LA Times “We didn’t want to do another competent documentary that would essentially preach to the choir and would be seen by a relatively small audience who already agreed this is a big deal.” James Cameron, who also works on the project, lent Ford his Twitter account to give proof for the AMA:
Harrison Ford here. Taking over Jim's account to let you know I'll be on Reddit at 12pm ET tomorrow to take your questions. @YEARSofLIVING
— James Cameron (@JimCameron) April 12, 2014
Image via Years of Living Dangerously, YouTube