Harrison Ford on 'Blade Runner 2,' 'Indiana Jones,' 'Star Wars' and Who Shot First: Han or Greedo

Harrison Ford on 'Blade Runner 2,' 'Indiana Jones,' 'Star Wars' and Who Shot First: Han or Greedo

Apr 14, 2014

This past weekend saw some big stars come out to promote the upcoming nine-part Showtime documentary series on climate change called Years of Living Dangerously. The series premieres on April 13, and there are a ton of notable names associated with it, like James Cameron and Harrison Ford, both of whom participated in Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anything) to support the doc.

While Harrison Ford didn't give up any tasty details regarding the new Star Wars trilogy (and what role, if any, he'll have in it), he did answer a bunch of fun fan questions covering a wide array of topics -- from the potential for a Blade Runner sequel to who actually shot first: Han Solo or Greedo. 

We collected some of our favorite moments from the chat below. You can read the entire conversation over on Reddit.


The hardest movie he's ever worked 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."


On a potential Blade Runner sequel

"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."


On why he did The Expendables 3

"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?"


On that classic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy shoots a swordsman

"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."


On whether he really hates snakes

"I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, 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."



On the line his fans quote back to him the most

"Get off my plane."


On who shot first: Han Solo or Greedo

I don't know and I don't care.



Did he really ad lib the famous "I know" line from Empire Strikes Back?

"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."



On who he would rather fight: 100 chicken-sized Jabba the Hutts or one Jabba the Hutt-sized chicken

"The latter. Please."


On who would win a fight: Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill

"Me, of course."


His pets are

"We have presently 2 dogs, numerous fish, and those are our pets. I haven't owned a cat for many years. I like individual cats, though, yes. Cats are fine."


On how he stays in shape

"By trying to eat well and I love to play tennis. I play tennis as often as I can."


Advice for an aspiring actor

You know, all I can say is that it's rewarding and challenging, and the competition is so strong that the chances of being successful in that area are statistically daunting. But most people give up, or are unable to sustain themselves until they have the opportunity to become successful which means to get work, so the only thing I can say is try to figure out how not to give up. If it's a true ambition and you really have a passion for storytelling, try and figure out how to hang in there.


On Years of Living Dangerously

Years of Living Dangerously is a wonderful opportunity to reach a lot of people with the story and importance of climate change in our lives, in recent history there's no bigger threat to the quality of human life than what is taking place right now in respect of climate change. So the chance to bring attention to this issue, this problem, and the potential solutions and mitigations of the problem, was a really important opportunity for me. I've been committed to try to be useful in the protection of nature for a long time through my association through Conservation International, and I thought the people involved in this project were thoughtful and creative and I was very happy to have the chance to work with them.



Best fan moment

[–]veeler 4562 points 21 hours ago

I love you.

[–]iamharrisonford[S] 5050 points 20 hours agox2

I know.

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