Harrison Ford talks Blade Runner sequel and sets record straight on Star Wars/Indiana Jones classic moments
Story by Jack Foley
HARRISON Ford has been speaking of his excitement at the prospect of a Blade Runner sequel as well as setting the record straight on speculation surrounding two of his most iconic moments in, respectively, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Answering questions as part of Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series, the iconic star – best known as Han Solo and Indiana Jones – said he was most excited about the opportunity of reuniting with Ridley Scott if the script for the proposed Blade Runner sequel is good enough.
He wrote: “I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”
And that’s despite the fact that Ford cites Blade Runner as being one of his toughest roles, given the fact that it was “always raining” and he worked 50 nights in a row.
Further gems from Ford on Reddit included revelations concerning iconic moments from both Stars Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark – and, in particular, scenes that were supposedly ad libbed or spontaneous.
Addressing the Star Wars rumour first, Ford denied that his “I know” line (in response to Princess Leia’s declaration of “I love you”) was not – as widely reported – ad libbed.
“It’s not really an ad lib, it was a suggestion, and movie making’s a real collaborative process at its best,” he wrote. “You don’t ad lib it, you suggest it and then you try something in rehearsal and then you agree. So, it was my suggestion, because I thought it was more of a character line than what was written, but the director and Carrie and I all thought it was a good idea at the time so we did it.”
Moving on to Raiders, Ford gave a detailed run-down of the events that led up to his decision to shoot a swordsman instead of indulging in another lengthy fight… most of which were dictated by the fact that the actor was suffering from dysentery at the time.
He wrote: “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.”
And on another forthcoming note, Ford explained his reasons for agreeing to take part in Sylvester Stallone’s forthcoming Expendables 3, stating: “I was on my way to Indonesia to do Years of Living Dangerously, and halfway around the world. And the location for Expendables was right on the way, and they asked me for a relatively short period of time, and it seemed like fun. I hadn’t seen the films but I looked one of them and i thought it was kind of funny, so I thought why not?”