I may well be carbon-dating myself but today’s Male on Monday is Harrison Ford. I was at high school when Star Wars was released and the story itself didn’t do much for me but the moment Hans Solo strode onto screen, I was hooked. The fact he even won that part that went on to launch a very successful movie career is serendipity.
According to Wikipedia, he’d had little success with a film career and became a self-taught carpenter to support his wife and young family. Up and coming film director, George Lucas, hired him to build cabinets for his office and I guess they chatted and he auditioned for the Luke Skywalker role. Lucas, cast him as Hans Solo, Star Wars went on to became the second highest grossing movie of all time in the United States, and it established Harrison Ford as a superstar. This meant I got to see him in a heap more movies. Thank you, George!!
I can’t remember much about Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark but I can remember Harrison; tight pants, tipped hat, wickedly dancing eyes and holding a whip. Oh, yeah! He took charge, took risks, and I was with him every step of the way.
A few years later and I was married and DH and I went to see Witness. For DH and I, this became the perfect movie because as much as I was lusting after Harrison Ford, DH was equally lusting after Kelly McGillis ;-) The dance scene in the barn is one of the most sexually charged scenes on screen and both people are fully clothed with no hip thrusting to be seen. The perfect example of less is more and it’s all about the emotion. Love it!
And then there was Working Girl. Harrison had got a little older but that twinkle in his eye remained. I loved how they wrote his chin scar into the script! And just as an aside, OMG how big did we wear hair in the ‘80s!! LOL.
Again, Wikipedia says that many of Ford's major film roles came to him by default through unusual circumstances. He won the role of Han Solo while reading lines for other actors, was cast as Indiana Jones because Tom Selleck was not available, and he took the role of Jack Ryan due to Alec Baldwin demanding too much money.
Of course Harrison’s career has continued and I have become a fickle fan as suspense/action films are not really me, so many of you would have enjoyed him in Patriot Games whereas I had to wait for the remake of Sabrina.
Do you have a favorite Harrison moment?
Fiona Lowe writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romance and her latest release, just in time for Christmas is, The Most Magical Gift of All. Sophie and Jack had definite plans for Christmas but the universe didn’t agree! Fiona’s very excited to say she just sold her debut Single Title Romance to Carina Press, the digital arm of Harlequin, with a release date mid 2011