Harrison Ford: Goddamned Hero

On Punching Ryan Gosling in the Face:

"I punched Ryan Gosling in the face," Ford confirms. Then he adds, by way of clarification, that "Ryan Gosling's face was where it should not have been."

Explain further, if you will.

"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."

So he should be grateful?

"I have pointed that out."

And the one that did connect -- that's 100 percent his fault?

"No." Ford makes as though he's carefully weighing this. "I mean, I suppose it's 90 percent his fault."

That is very --

" -- generous of me."

He said you went to his dressing room with a bottle of scotch...

"I did."

...and poured him a glass, then walked out with the bottle.

"Yeah? What -- did he fucking expect the whole bottle? You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough."

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17 Responses:

  1. I might have some sympathy if I could figure out which of the half dozen interchangeable current Hollywood leading men he was.

  2. Buddy Casino says:

    Jamie, I love you.

  3. Nice try Hollywood but I'm still not paying to see an unnecessary Blade Runner sequel.

    • MattyJ says:

      I can't think of a single move ever, in the history of time itself, that was 'necessary'.

      • tfb says:

        What's it like to live in a grey utilitarian nightmare world?

      • Tim says:

        I will politely disagree with that. Meanwhile, if you're in the UK, Channel 4 has a whole season of films based on Dick's short stories. If not, it's probably coming to your off-world colony soon.

        (Do all those titles sound like Radiohead album tracks?)

        • Eli the Bearded says:

          The press release ends with a mention of "Amazon Prime", so I know which version of "off-world colony" it is. Amazon is almost as an amazingly intrusive capitalist concept as some of the nightmare companies in PKD's works. Almost a fitting choice.

        • DaveL says:

          The article says "inspired by," which usually means "totally unlike the original work."

          • Nick Lamb says:

            Right, but, we're in a topic about Blade Runner which, I mean, have you _read_ "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" ?

            Dick wrote a bunch of stories with interesting ideas and bad titles. The ideas are really interesting, and tend to survive even some pretty violent re-writes or odd film-making choices. The central idea of Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" survives but er, do you see a sheep in the movie? No. OK, a sheep would be expensive, but it would actually be cheaper on a movie to use the same actress for the escaped android and the love interest (in the story they're from the same batch), and they didn't do that either.

            So, "totally unlike the original work" is already how you get Blade Runner and to some extent even A Scanner, Darkly. The ideas shine through, nobody is adapting these works because they wanted the shitty title, or the thin characters, it's always the ideas.

            • jwz says:

              Though there's a long history of terrible adaptations of Dick's work, If there's one thing I don't want to see it's a highly literal adaptation. His genius was in the ideas running through his books, but not in the plotting or characterization. Wait, am I talking about Dick or talking about Lovecraft? Yes, yes I am.

            • Jonathan says:

              I thought "A Scanner, Darkly" was a pretty straight adaptation. What did I miss?

  4. Jonathan says:

    This is the single best piece of promo I've seen for the new Blade Runner movie.

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