The iconic actor dropped onto Reddit today for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and proceeded to answer...
- wait for it -
Anything... they asked him.
For those questioning the validity of any answers to follow: PROOF!
Needless to say one of the biggest questions users had for Mr. Ford was the age-old question of who shot first: Han or Greedo?
To which Han Solo himself replied:
"I don't know and I don't care."
So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen! We finally have our answer!
...and so the debate continues.
Mr. Ford also touched on actually liking snakes, being run over by a plane, and the quote he gets asked to recite most often by fans:
"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."
He also recounted the story behind the famous improvised duel scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
"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. 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 the quote fans most ask him to recite:
"Get off my plane."
One fan, living in Ford's old home, asked him if there were any secrets in the house:
"Yes. There's millions of dollars buried in your basement"
On improvising the famous line, "I know." (One fan said, "I love you." You can guess how he replied.)
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 would win in a celebrity boxing match: Han Solo or Indiana Jones.
"The promoter would win."
Last but not least Ford also thanked his fans:
"Someone said thank you for being a part of so many childhood films: Well, thank you. I really appreciate that. It's a privilege to be able to be involved with people as talented as the people I've had the luck to work with, and it's just been a great experience for me, and I'm glad that so many of the films I've had the luck to do were films that could be enjoyed by families together."
Harrison Ford was always one of my heroes growing up, partially because of his life story, his nigh-accidental stardom, and because of the iconic roles he defined in Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Also, it's always great to see legendary stars mingling with their fans.
Although, the timing of this does make me curious as to what would motivate him to do an AMA now. I can't help but wonder if it is tied to [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) having begun shooting. Who knows? Maybe he's trying to build excitement for a big announcement in the near future? Maybe we'll finally get an official confirmation of the big three returning to "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away."
He did mention that he was at work till 3:00 AM the night before...
Either way, let me know what you guys think in the comments below! Now, voting time!