Actor Harrison Ford recalled one thing that he is apparently “known for” on film sets — and while he admitted that it wasn’t actually the best thing to be known for, he shrugged it off: “But hey, s*** happens.”
Ford, 80, explained that he had earned a reputation for shutting down film sets – usually because he had injured himself while shooting the movie — and his latest offering, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” was no exception.
The new film in the iconic franchise showcases Ford both at his current age and, through the use of de-aging technology, as a much younger man fighting the Nazis – and Ford joked during a recent interview with Esquire that he really wanted to let his age show in the parts of the movie where it was relevant to do so.
While filming a scene in which he rides through the streets of New York City (circa 1969) in a ticker-tape parade, Ford said that he had noticed the stunt workers hovering a little bit closer than he’d like.
“I thought, ‘What the f***?’ Like I was being attacked by gropers. I look down and there’s three stunt guys there making sure I didn’t fall off the stirrup. They said, ‘Oh, we were just afraid because we thought, you know, and bah bah bah bah.’ And I said, ‘Leave me the f*** alone … Leave me alone, I’m an old man getting off a horse and I want it to look like that!'” he explained.
But then, while filming a fight scene with co-star Mads Mikkelsen, Ford’s age showed itself in another way – when he pulled the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder and filming was shut down entirely for two weeks. Ford had to sit out for an additional six weeks while he was recovering from the injury — and he wryly noted that it wasn’t the first time something like that had happened.
“Yeah, well, I’m also known for shutting movies down because I get hurt, which is not something you want to be known for,” the “Star Wars” actor said. “But hey, s*** happens.”