Those of you who watch and love Justified are likely very familiar with Jacob Pitts, who plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson. Pitts was on the Drinks and Discourse podcast this week, and I couldn’t resist listening because I don’t know that much about real-life Pitts. After spending an hour listening to him, I can safely say that he’s droll, self-deprecating, and a little curmudgeonly, not unlike his character on Justified (he’s much less restrained on a podcast than he is on Justified, however).
Pitts has also quietly put up a decent body of work. He was in The Pacific, 21 and Eurotrip, as some of you may remember:
But he was also in K-19: The Widowmaker, a mostly forgotten Harrison Ford submarine movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Pitts’ role was not very substantial, but he did get to share a scene with Harrison, and from that, sprang forth the best Harrison Ford story I’ve heard.
Here’s Pitts (and it’s better to hear him tell it, so if you have two minutes, it’s at the hour and one minute mark):
“[The movie] is about a nuclear submarine whose reactor starts failing and melting down, and as the captain of this boat [Harrison Ford’s] gotta send his guys into the core of this submarine knowing that they will certainly die of radiation poison and horrible deaths. And that’s the crux of the drama.
And at this point, it’s three-quarters of the way through the movie, and he’s sent a bunch of people in, and he’s overlooking the sick bay where his men are nearly dying or laid out. I’m one of the men nearly dead in one of the bunks and Harrison Ford is looking across the cabin.
The DP (director of photography) is trying to get his eyeline, and he says, “Harrison, where are you looking for this scene? Where’s your eyeline. Where are you looking?
And Harrison says, (in a gravely Harrison Ford voice): “Into my soul.”
And the guy goes, “All right, Harrison. But where is your soul exactly? Is it to your right? To your left? Where’s your soul at Harrison?”
And Harrison Ford says, “Buried. Under a mountain of money.”
Best answer ever.