Actor Harrison Ford joined the popular Reddit Ask Me Anything yesterday, allowing fans the chance to ask him direct questions.
The actor, himself admitting he’s best known for “movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones”, took questions for an hour, ranging from his feelings on snakes to which movie props he kept hold of.
Here’s 10 things we learned…
1. Contrary to popular belief, Ford does like snakes
“I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counsellor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I’m quite familiar with snakes and think they’re fantastic creatures.”
2. This Air Force One quote is fans’ favourite
Goborage: What movie quote do you get asked to do the most?
Iamharrisonford: “Get off my plane”
3. Ford can’t remember which knee he injured:
“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.”
4. He helped cast Star Wars before being offered Han Solo role
“I was approached with the offer of a job, which at that point, was all I wanted to hear. I had helped George Lucas audition other actors for the principle parts, and with no expectation or indication that I might be considered for the part of Han, I was quite surprised when I was offered the part. My principle job at the time was carpentry, I had been under contract as an actor at Columbia and Universal. I had a house at the time I wanted to remodel, a bit of the wreck of a house. I’d invest money in tools but wouldn’t have money for materials, so I realized this was another way of putting food on the table. And allowing me to pick and choose from the acting jobs that were being offered at the time.”
5. Blade Runner tops Ford’s list of hardest sets to work on
“The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I’ve ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining.”
6. Ford may star in the sequel, but he’s never actually seen Anchorman
“It was goofy. I hadn’t seen Anchorman, it was only one day’s work, and I knew that it was very popular, and I admired the talents of the people involved, so I went to do it and had a great time, I enjoyed it. I still haven’t seen it though.”
7. That famous “I know” line in Star Wars was a suggestion rather than ad lib
“It’s not really an ad lib, it was a suggestion, and movie making’s a real collaborative process at its best. 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.”
8. Ford would back himself in a fight…
Se7en30: “If you and Mark Hamill fought, who would win?
Iamharrisonford “Me, of course”
9. Is this a Star Wars VII hint?
“You know one of the great things about being an actor is that you don’t very often go back. For me, the pleasure of it is new characters and new challenges.”
10. Then again…
“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.”
11. Harrison Ford then made this Reddit user’s life:
Veeler: “I love you”
Iamharrisonford: “I know”.
His work here is done.