Other than his roles as Han Solo in Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the franchise by the same name, there is one film that fans of Harrison Ford absolutely adore. We’re obviously talking about 1982’s Blade Runner, the legendary sci-fi film by director Ridley Scott. The dystopian movie quickly became a cultural phenomenon and has a cult following even today.
Blade Runner is set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 and features Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who is responsible for killing androids that escape from off-world colonies. The actor’s performance was highly praised by many critics and ended up cementing Ford’s status as a science-fiction acting legend.
A Silent ‘J’
Ford used to have a very tough time getting cast in his first few years as an actor. He also almost never got credited for his minor roles, which meant that producers couldn’t even find him if they liked his performance. Things only got worse when the aspiring actor discovered that he shared the exact same name as a silent film actor.
Ford decided to add a middle letter to his name, which is why in some of his earlier credits he’s listed as “Harrison J. Ford”. He claims that the letter was just a random pick. Since then, the actor has become much more famous than his predecessor, and could finally drop the silent ‘J’ and returned to his given name.
Answering an Age-Old Fan Question
Ford definitely likes to keep to himself and only does interviews when it’s time to promote another big movie. When the actor first announced he was going to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the popular discussion site Reddit, fans prepared questions that were on their minds for years.
One Reddit user took the opportunity to ask him one of the Star Wars franchise’s oldest questions, which is “Who shot first, Han or Greedo?”. Ford was quick to settle the question and responded with, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” You have to respect the actor’s straight-shooting attitude. Clearly, he’s got some of that Indiana Jones temperament still left in him.
A Much-Needed Sequel
Fans were initially skeptical when Warner Bros. Pictures announced a sequel to the legendary Blade Runner was due for release in 2017. After more than three decades since the original's release, the film's many cult followers were worried that studios were merely trying to bank on the franchise's reputation.
The sequel, Blade Runner 2049, starred Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto and even featured Ford in a surprise performance later during the film. It ended up being one of the most beloved and highly awarded films of 2017 receiving five Academy Award nominations and winning Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Chemistry With Ryan Gosling
Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling did many interviews together to help promote Blade Runner 2049 in the months before its release. They got asked many different questions by reporters ranging from funny personal questions and anecdotes to mind-wrecking inquiries by hardcore fans of the franchise.
What was clear throughout many of the interviews was that Ford and Gosling had extremely natural chemistry together. The two made were seen laughing hysterically in almost all of their interviews. We’d love to see a comedy starring the two, as it would be a perfect break from their regular film genres!