I love a good Harrison Ford story, and maybe my favorite was the time that the director of photography on K-19: The Widowmaker asked Harrison Ford where his soul was, and Ford responded: “Buried. Under a mountain of money.”
Ryan Gosling also has an outstanding Harrison Ford story about the time Ford accidentally punched Gosling in the face on the set of the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which they have been shooting in Hungary for the past four months. Asked in an interview for GQ if the rumor about being hit in the face was true, Gosling responded:
“Yeah, he did. It was kind of, you know, a rite of passage.”
How did it happen?
“We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice.” He laughs. “I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from—was it from his mother or his father? He said, ‘Sears.’ And he didn’t have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out.”
So did it hurt when he hit you?
“You know…he’s tough. He’s been an inspiration to everyone—everyone is doing push-ups now and taking an interest in their fitness. As soon as it happened, the director came up to me and said, ‘Look at it this way—you just got hit by Indiana Jones.’ “
Was he suitably apologetic?
“He came by afterward with this bottle of scotch, and I thought, ‘Oh, I knew this was coming.’ And he pulled out a glass from his pocket, poured me a glass, and walked away with the rest of the bottle. So I guess he felt like he didn’t connect enough to earn a whole bottle.” He smiles. “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.”
I suppose that getting punched in the face by Harrison Ford is better than the treatment that Josh Hartnett received from the notoriously curmudgeonly star, who refused to speak to his co-star for hours at a time.