Acting legend Harrison Ford isn’t known for being candid in interviews, so it was a big surprise that during his Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit this past weekend to promote the Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously Ford was remarkably open about his career. He even cracked a few jokes.
For example, Ford’s response to the question of who would win in a fight between he and Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill was brief and humorously to the point: “Me, of course.”
Though Ford thinks highly of the classic sci-fi film Blade Runner that he starred in (in the AMA he mentioned he is interested to see what director Ridley Scott works up for the proposed Blade Runner sequel), he doesn’t have fond memories of shooting it. He confessed, “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.”
Ford makes fewer movies these days than he did in the 1980s and 1990s, and he pointed out that a lot of factors go into whether or not he will take on a new project these days. He explained, “You know, it’s very hard to say what the motivation is these days. Most of the time I love the material, have the time free, and look for something different to do. I look for people I enjoy working with, I look for material that i think will make a film that people will go to. It’s my job.”
For example, joining the cast for the action movie The Expendables 3 is a decision that seems like to stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to Ford’s more recent roles. However, as Ford explains a number of factors worked out. He says, “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?”
Finally, to answer the controversial question of who shot his blaster first in Stars Wars, Han Solo or Greedo, Ford answered, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”