Thursday, 16 April 2015

5 Fun Facts About Harrison Ford


Fun Fact Number 1: Harrison Ford was born a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

He grew up on the planet Corellia, somewhere on the outskirts of the Vulcan star system, under the rule of the Vorlon Empire.

Actually, he was born on the 13th July 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.

He was orphaned and kidnapped by the notorious pirate Jonny Depp, also known as Garris Shrike. Ford was not treated well, some would say tortured, and was forced into reading scripts written by George Lucas.

After escaping from Jonny Depp, Harrison Ford entered the Imperial Academy at Carida. It's also known as Maine Township High School.

Ford soon got kicked out for being too good at model railways, getting caught performing some Han Solo, and for protecting a Wookiee from being bullied by a neuronic whip.

After that, the Wookiee emigrated to Earth and stomped around in the snow pretending to be a Yeti, before auditioning on America's got talent playing an organ made out of Jar Jar Binks' skull.
Harrison Ford went on to study English and Philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin before becoming a carpenter.

Fun Fact Number 2: Harrison Ford only got paid $10,000 for his first outing as Han Solo.

Yes, Harrison Ford got a pittance of 10K for starring in episode one of the original Star Wars movie, Star Wars: A New Hope.

There are some saying, "Hang on, $10,000 is a lot of money."

And you would be right. But considering how much Mark Hamill got paid for the same movie, it was almost nothing.

Back then he was mainly a carpenter and not a proper actor, so to speak. 

Harrison Ford had previously earned $500 a week in American Graffiti, but went back to carpentry when other parts failed to materialise.

To supplement his income, he read Han Solo's lines during the auditions for Star Wars: A New Hope.

George Lucas, a highly trained alien-monkey assassin, and the creator of Star Wars, and the destroyer of all our dreams when he made those frigging prequels, liked him so much that he spanked Ford's butt with his Hobbit hand, and hired him for the role of a lifetime -- Hedgehog-Butt cleaner.

And then Han Solo.

Ford may only have been paid a pauper's wage for the first Star Wars, but he did get a pay rise for the second movie.

For The Empire Strikes Back, he earned $100,000.
This jumped to $500,000 for the Return Of The Jedi.

His only requirement for returning in the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise, was that George Lucas throw himself into the fiery pits of Mordor after disposing of the One Ring.

And that Mickey Mouse gets to do a cameo as a Jedi.

Fun Fact Number 3: Harrison Ford has a scar on his chin.

He told a Working Girl that he obtained the scar in a knife fight, although he did admit, after emerging from Carbonite, that he knocked his chin after fainting on a toilet whilst he got his ear pierced.

Something he repeated at the age of 55 when he noticed Darth Vader sporting one, and thought it looked cool.

And he was too Kool of Skool. Coincidently, Han Solo has an identical scar, yet he got his when he lost control of his car as he tried to buckle up.

Fun Fact Number 4: Harrison Ford reprised his most famous role as Indiana Jones in the 2008 movie Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

And everyone was pretty excited.

Then we found out George-I-Know-How-To-Ruin-A-Movie-Lucas was going to write the story. And we knew, we just knew, he was going to do something completely stupid.

As it happens, the end scene in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull [spoiler alert] was inspired by his own experience as a monkey-alien, and he wanted to let everyone know that he exists on another planet from the rest of us. One in which his stories are fun and original, not stupidly insane, or just annoying.

It didn't really matter how bad the script, the direction, or the ending was for the last Indiana Jones movie, it made a killing at the box office.

His latest stint as Indiana Jones earned Harrison Ford around $60million.

Not a bad chunk of change compared to the first of the Star Wars movies where he only earned $10,000.

Fun Fact Number 5: Han shot first.

Wait, nope, Greedo shot first.

In the Cantina scene in the first Star Wars movie, George-Gotta-Ruin-It-Again-This-Time-In-A-Special-Edition, insists he redid the gun fight to clear up any misconceptions fans may have had for the last 30 years about whether Han or Greedo fired the first shot.

In the original, it looks like Han fired first.

And everyone believed that until George-Should-Go-Live-In-A-Jungle decided to remake the famous scene. This time George changed it so no one would be in any doubt that it wasn't Han, but Greedo, who shot John F. Kennedy on the Grassy Knoll.

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