As If This Is News
At seventy-two years old, Harrison Ford proved today that he is just as tough in real life as he is in his movies, when he survived a literal plane crash in Venice, California. The Hollywood superstar’s small airplane crash-landed on a golf course near Santa Monica Airport, and he was rushed to the hospital with head injuries. His son, the chef Ben Ford, took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support and announce that the actor is “battered, but ok [sic],” adding that “he is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
Boy, I guess.
Also, Can We Talk About Just How Slaytastic It Would Be To Have Harrison Ford As Your Dad?
Not only has Ford played Jack Ryan and Han Solo (J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) is scheduled for a December 18 release date), but he’s also played Indiana Jones (unsurprisingly, there doesn’t appear to be a sequel anywhere in sight for Steven Spielberg’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)). Other notable roles include George Lucas’s American Grafitti (1973), Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), Peter Weir’s Witness (1985, for which he was nominated that year for the Best Actor Academy Award), Kevin Wade’s Working Girl (1988), Andrew Davis’s The Fugitive (1993), Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One (1997), and Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath (2000), to name only a few. He even made a deleted cameo appearance in Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – the man is everywhere, even when you can’t see him.
Personally, my favorite Harrison Ford movie is Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974). Although he plays a relatively minor part in it, it’s still worth keeping an eye out for the baby-faced Ford. The Conversation is inarguably Coppola’s masterpiece (even in comparison to The Godfather trilogy, especially the third one), and it’s one of the only films I’ve ever seen where it’s so intense that I had to remind myself it’s just a movie, even though next to nothing happens in it.
Ford is also an activist I can get behind. A staunch Democrat, he is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton’s, and he called for a “regime change” after the Bush Administration invaded Iraq back in 2003. He was born in Chicago and moved to Hollywood in 1964, and when he first landed a credited role in a Western, Phil Karlson’s A Time for Killing (1967), he had to take on the name “Harrison J. Ford” because there was already a silent film star named Harrison Ford.
He stumbled upon his own name one day on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, when he found the star belonging to the original Ford. Now, people go looking for his star on the Walk of Fame.
Keep an eye out for Harrison Ford’s distinctive chin scar (sustained during a car accident in his youth, though several of his movies each have a different backstory for it) as he reprises the role of Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner 2. His is a face made for a career – and a lifetime – of badassery.