Last year, Ryan Gosling shared one of the most Harrison Ford stories ever, wherein Harrison Ford “accidentally” punched Gosling in the face. Gosling’s version of events ended with this line: “You know, they say don’t meet your heroes, but I would say the addendum to that is ‘…unless they’re Harrison Ford.’ ‘Cause he’s a cool motherfucker.”
This week, GQ followed up with Harrison Ford’s version of events, and a good Harrison Ford story is now a great Harrison Ford story:
When I interviewed Ryan Gosling for GQ last November, he was in Budapest to film Blade Runner 2049, and he explained how Ford had inadvertently punched him in the face during a fight scene. I wanted to give Ford the opportunity to present his own account of the same incident.
“I punched Ryan Gosling in the face,” Ford confirms. Then he adds, by way of clarification, that “Ryan Gosling’s face was where it should not have been.”
Explain further, if you will.
“His job was to be out of the range of the punch. My job was also to make sure that I pulled the punch. But we were moving, and the camera was moving, so I had to be aware of the angle to the camera to make the punch look good. You know, I threw about a hundred punches in the shooting of it, and I only hit him once.”
So he should be grateful?
“I have pointed that out.”
And the one that did connect—that’s 100 percent his fault?
“No.” Ford makes as though he’s carefully weighing this. “I mean, I suppose it’s 90 percent his fault.”
That is very—
“—generous of me.”
He said you went to his dressing room with a bottle of scotch…
…and poured him a glass, then walked out with the bottle.
“Yeah? What—did he fucking expect the whole bottle? You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough.”
So did that epitomize your working relationship?
“Pretty much. No, he was fun to work with. I like him a lot. He’s a smart guy. I mean, he’s a fucking Mouseketeer—he’s been doing this since he was 6 years old or something. He knows what he’s doing.”
See? Cool motherfucker. I would suggest, however, that Jacob Pitt’s Harrison Ford story is still slightly better. (Pitts, by the way, plays a skeezy rapey motherfucker on Sinner, and all the love and goodwill he built up as Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson on Justified has completely evaporated).