Interviewed by GQ, Harrison Ford, who is starring with Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the original iconic Blade Runner, in which he was the featured star, told his side of the story of how he inadvertently punched Gosling in the face during the making of the new film.
Chris Heath, who interviewed Ford and had previously interviewed Gosling in November 2016, elicited a different answer when he asked Ford about the punch. Gosling had stated:
We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice. I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from — was it from his mother or his father? He said, “Sears.” And he didn't have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out … You know…he's tough. He's been an inspiration to everyone — everyone is doing push-ups now and taking an interest in their fitness. As soon as it happened, the director came up to me and said, “Look at it this way — you just got hit by Indiana Jones.”
Asked if Ford was “suitably apologetic,” Gosling responded:
He came by afterward with this bottle of scotch, and I thought, “Oh, I knew this was coming.” And he pulled out a glass from his pocket, poured me a glass, and walked away with the rest of the bottle. So I guess he felt like he didn't connect enough to earn a whole bottle. You know, they say don't meet your heroes, but I would say the addendum to that is “… unless they're Harrison Ford.” 'Cause he's a cool motherfucker.
Ford gave a slightly different version. He stated, “I punched Ryan Gosling in the face,” adding, “Ryan Gosling's face was where it should not have been. His job was to be out of the range of the punch. My job was also to make sure that I pulled the punch. But we were moving, and the camera was moving, so I had to be aware of the angle to the camera to make the punch look good. You know, I threw about a hundred punches in the shooting of it, and I only hit him once."
The exchange continued:
Heath: So he should be grateful?
Ford: I have pointed that out.
Heath: And the one that did connect — that's 100% his fault?
Ford: No. I mean, I suppose it's 90% his fault.
Heath: That is very —
Ford: — generous of me.
Heath: He said you went to his dressing room with a bottle of scotch …
Ford: I did.
Heath: … and poured him a glass, then walked out with the bottle.
Ford: Yeah? What — did he fucking expect the whole bottle? You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough.
Heath: So did that epitomize your working relationship?
Ford: Pretty much. No, he was fun to work with. I like him a lot. He's a smart guy. I mean, he's a fucking Mouseketeer — he's been doing this since he was 6 years old or something. He knows what he's doing.