Harrison Ford here. You all probably know me from movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I recently acted as a correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change which airs tomorrow, April 13, at 10 p.m. ET. I’ll be here with Victoria from reddit for the next hour answering your questions.

Proof here and here.

Well, watch Years of Living Dangerously and make it your business to understand the threat of climate change and what each of us can do to help preserve our environments and the potential for nature to preserve the human community. Nature doesn't need people, people need nature. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it.

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veeler8033 karma

I love you.

iamharrisonford9787 karma

I know.

iamharrisonford5092 karma

Someone said thank you for being a part of so many childhood films: Well, thank you. I really appreciate that. It's a privilege to be able to be involved with people as talented as the people I've had the luck to work with, and it's just been a great experience for me, and I'm glad that so many of the films I've had the luck to do were films that could be enjoyed by families together.

biscuitSnatcher4402 karma

I live in your old house on Woodrow. Are there any secrets I should know about?

iamharrisonford5249 karma

Yes. There's millions of dollars buried in your basement.

goborage3630 karma

What movie quote do you get asked to do the most?

iamharrisonford4659 karma

"Get off my plane."

iamaAMAfan3381 karma

Hello Harrison! Who would win in a celebrity boxing match: Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

iamharrisonford6026 karma

The promoter would win.

Spicy-Chicken3263 karma

Do you have any pets? My cat has a crush on you and dresses like Leia. She thinks it will get your attention - she's weird. Proof: http://i.imgur.com/dSOQdNq.jpg

iamharrisonford2888 karma

We have presently 2 dogs, numerous fish, and those are our pets. I haven't owned a cat for many years. I like individual cats, though, yes. Cats are fine.

jessper173207 karma

Why is nobody asking about Blade Runner?

Do you think Rick Deckard was a replicant or not a replicant?

iamharrisonford4319 karma

I think that it's a wonderful storytelling mechanism for that question to be left unanswered.

iamharrisonford4383 karma

I love that people are still curious about it.

spartanss3003011 karma

How did you feel about Star Wars when you first started? How were you approached?

iamharrisonford4132 karma

I was approached with the offer of a job, which at that point, was all I wanted to hear. I had helped George Lucas audition other actors for the principle parts, and with no expectation or indication that I might be considered for the part of Han, I was quite surprised when I was offered the part. My principle job at the time was carpentry, I had been under contract as an actor at Columbia and Universal. I had a house at the time I wanted to remodel, a bit of the wreck of a house. I'd invest money in tools but wouldn't have money for materials, so I realized this was another way of putting food on the table. And allowing me to pick and choose from the acting jobs that were being offered at the time.

breylin2949 karma

Were there any injuries / weird occurrences / funny stories on any of the Indiana Jones sets?

iamharrisonford4993 karma

Oh, let's see. On the first Indiana Jones movie, I tore an ACL in one of my knees, can't remember which knee, the scene in which I was fighting the big German mechanic on an airplane called a flying wing, I was run over by the landing gear and injured my knee, but I can't remember which one it was. Lots of bumps and injuries along the way.

Funny stories? We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And I was suffering from dysentery, really, found it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for more than 10 minutes at a time. We'd done a brief rehearsal of the scene the night before we were meant to shoot it, and both Steve and I realized it would take 2 or 3 days to shoot this. And it was the last thing we were meant to shoot in Tunisia before we left to shoot in England. And the scene before this in the film included a whip fight against 5 bad guys that were trying to kidnap Marian, so I thought it was a bit redundant. I was puzzling how to get out of this 3 days of shooting, so when I got to set I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch and Steve said "I was thinking that as well." So he drew his sword, the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes. But he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England.

TJ_Silva2901 karma

Hey! First I'd like to say when I was younger I use to think Indiana Jones played Han Solo in Star Wars. I was corrected many times but still didn't quite understand as a five year old. My question, what was it like being a part of two of the most iconic film series? Thank you for all your work!

iamharrisonford3752 karma

What was it like? It was like being incredibly lucky.

Unidan2870 karma

Mr. Ford, thank you so much for doing this AMA, it's an absolute pleasure!

Were you able to meet E.O. Wilson personally? I'm an ecologist and he's one of my heroes, and to think that you both work together towards a goal that I hold so important is incredibly inspiring.

How do you feel about flagship animals? Is it important to preserve animals and biodiversity because they are captivating to people and help the cause, or do you think that it's potentially a waste of funds and resources that could be better applied to more "crucial" links in ecosystems?

Here's a photo I took of a golden eagle, by the way, enjoy!

iamharrisonford2509 karma

Yes, I know Dr. Wilson quite well. We served on the board of Conservation International together for many years, and I'm very interested in his projects and in his work. He's a very charming man, as well as being a great scholar and author.

Biodiversity is critical to the protection of nature. The intricate interrelationship between species in a biodiverse environment is one of the mechanisms that keeps them flourishing. Most noticeable is when a flagship species, one that we are all very familiar with, is threatened by extinction, you want to go back and look at where it's all coming from, and frequently it's from much lower down.

Makuta2752 karma

Did you ad lib Han's famous line "I know"?

iamharrisonford3958 karma

It's not really an ad lib, it was a suggestion, and movie making's a real collaborative process at its best. You don't ad lib it, you suggest it and then you try something in rehearsal and then you agree. So it was my suggestion, because I thought it was more of a character line than what was written, but the director and Carrie and I all thought it was a good idea at the time so we did it.

seismicor2617 karma

Harrison, are you still freaked out by David Blaine's card trick?

iamharrisonford3426 karma

Yes, he's a spooky guy. I mean, obviously he's a great manipulator of both objects and people, and he's very talented, and I really enjoyed what he does.

AFatEskimo2554 karma

Are you still mad at Lando?

iamharrisonford3760 karma

Lando who?

Brownie_scout2499 karma

How do you feel about snakes?

iamharrisonford3532 karma

I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r fantastic creatures.

se7en302472 karma

If you and Mark Hamill fought who would win?

iamharrisonford4057 karma

Me, of course.

SuperC1422445 karma

Hi Mr, Ford. I think we would all like to know: Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?

iamharrisonford4207 karma

I don't know and I don't care.

TBTakaTBT2429 karma

Can you elaborate on what happened between you and Chewbacca that lead to you having a falling out?

iamharrisonford3407 karma

Ha. Well that was a skit for Kimmel, I think. With his writers, the idea behind it was that Chewbacca had borrowed my fictional wife.

rootwinterguard2280 karma

Harrison, Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time. What are you thoughts on Ridley Scott's talk of making a sequel? How can he improve upon perfection?

iamharrisonford3062 karma

I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.

ClumpOfPubes2225 karma

Did you keep any props from any of your movies, if so which ones are your favorite?

iamharrisonford3340 karma

No, I don't keep any, I'm not terribly nostalgic and I don't have a lot of things from my movies. And certainly don't have a lot of them around my house. Those are separate worlds for me.

faustinusjoe1987 karma

Hey Harrison! I have learned that you are involved in Years of Living Dangerously JUST NOW from James Cameron AMA, and found out that was the reason of your visit to Indonesia. As an Indonesian, thank you for caring about the disastrous environmental problem in our country!

I have some questions regarding your visit:

  1. What shocked you the most regarding the facts of environmental problems in Indonesia? How devastating was the general condition?

  2. You had an interview session with Indonesian Minister of Forestry, and he was ridiculously "offended" by your questions, saying that you were emotionally charged and even threatened to deport you. What was your first thought upon hearing the news? Could you share some details on the matter itself?

  3. Is there any unforgettable experience on your visit? Did you try any Indonesian local food?

  4. Did you keep the money from Fallon and Conan for realz?

Sorry for the loaded question! And thank you again for visiting Indonesia!

Ain't no one can deport Han fuckin' Solo

EDIT : WOW THANKS FOR THE GOLD PEOPLE! I'mma jerk off to this one-time fame for days.

But seriously, thank you!

iamharrisonford2451 karma

  1. I wasn't shocked by the situation in Indonesia, I've been involved with an organization called Conservation International for more than 20 years, and our mission has always been to try to preserve what we call the "natural capital' of nature, because of its importance for human well-being. I was quite familiar with the issues of deforestation and the fact that some of the world's most important standing flourishing forests were concentrated in the tropical belt around the equator, and many of these countries are rapidly developing like Indonesia, in which the kind of problems we talk about in Years of Living Dangerously are not untypical.

  2. Well, the opportunity to speak to the minister of Forestry was important and critical in the telling of the story of why deforestation continues at the rate that it does in Indonesia. And it represents a threat not only to the worldwide environment, but to the stability and quality of life for people in Indonesia. And although the government, which is a coalition government, the president had made efforts to preserve the standing forests through a number of different mechanisms, I think that the forestry minister was more interested in granting concessions for extractive industries in these forests which threaten their valuable utility in sequestering carbon. And mitigating against greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia is the 3rd largest producer of greenhouse gasses, after the United States and China. And the president had committed to a policy that would have reduced those emissions. And it seems as though that the Minister of Forestry- there were mechanisms in place to allow forests to be preserved for their environmental value, and he was thwarting that process. Also, there are questions of inequity and corruption. And it's not unique to Indonesia, we have a lot of problems in our own governments, but it really was an opportunity to get some straight answers from somebody who was responsible for a big part of the potential for doing good and seemed not to be interested in using his authority and office to protect the environment but instead was enabling the devastation and destruction of a great resource in his country. So I was frustrated by his answers. Now the threat to deport me came from another politician, who I believe was just taking advantage of access to the media, but that was not a serious reality, there was no actual threat to deport me.

iamharrisonford2396 karma

  1. Oh yea I loved indonesian food! The whole experience was fantastic. It was really a vibrant and curious place, I loved the opportunity to be there and to see and experience the culture. And to get to know some remarkable indonesian people.

  2. Oh, I think it was Conan. Conan gave me $1000 to tell him something and in fact it was real. I remember that I put it in my pocket, and nobody remembered to get it back from me and I forgot all about it until the next day, when by coincidence I was at a neighbor's house and I ran into the producer from the Conan show and I excused myself from the party and went back to the house and got the $1000 out of the suit which I just remembered was still there, and I gave it back to him.

seismicor1913 karma

What made you say yes to starring in Expendables 3?

iamharrisonford3014 karma

I was on my way to Indonesia to do Years of Living Dangerously, and halfway around the world. And the location for Expendables was right on the way, and they asked me for a relatively short period of time, and it seemed like fun. I hadn't seen the films but I looked one of them and i thought it was kind of funny, so I thought why not?

leadnpotatoes1757 karma

Mr. Ford, would you share any of your favorite helicopter rescue stories?

iamharrisonford3378 karma

You know, anything that I was involved in with picking people up in a helicopter, I was one of a group of people working with Wyoming on search and rescue. And they were always team efforts, and it was always embarrassing to be singled out and given credit for a rescue or any help I was able to give because it was always a team effort.

DrRockso21121590 karma

What's the best and what's the worst set you've ever been on?

iamharrisonford2775 karma

The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I've ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining.

renny791589 karma

Hi Harrison. I'm Dharsono's sister. We've actually met. I just want to say thank you for all your effort and help with my brother's project. We are all very proud of him and what he's achieved. Without a doubt you have helped immensely. Any plan to return to Indonesia?

iamharrisonford1800 karma

I don't have any current plan to return to Indonesia, but I was delighted to bring Dharsono's project to attention and I'm quite happy that we were able to be of some small aid in what he's doing, it's a valuable and important project and I wish him the best.

TheHenryHoover1576 karma

What is your favourite type of cheese?

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liamquane1432 karma

when did you join Anchorman and what was it like on the anchorman set?

iamharrisonford2510 karma

It was goofy. I hadn't seen Anchorman, it was only one day's work, and I knew that it was very popular, and I admired the talents of the people involved, so I went to do it and had a great time, I enjoyed it. I still haven't seen it though.

foumoney1383 karma

Hi Harrison, I really liked your role in Ender's Game. Just wanted to say thanks for making that movie a blast to watch!

iamharrisonford1753 karma

Oh good, I'm glad, thank you!

shivan211302 karma

Hi Harrison! How do you choose your projects? And has this process changed for you since 1980s?

iamharrisonford1932 karma

You know, it's very hard to say what the motivation is these days. Most of the time I love the material, have the time free, and look for something different to do. I look for people I enjoy working with, I look for material that i think will make a film that people will go to. It's my job.

MrPink241270 karma

Who did you prefer portraying, Han or Indiana?

iamharrisonford2380 karma

I think Indiana Jones was a lot of fun to do because of the places we went to and the adventures and the action. But Han Solo was also a huge part of my life.

backgen1191 karma

Hi Harrison!

I've seen you on a couple of late night talk shows, where it really seems that you hate being interviewed, or maybe you're just uncomfortable? Am i right? And if i am...why?

iamharrisonford1726 karma

Oh no, in most cases, those guys are so talented and so funny. I don't hate it at all, in fact it's interesting you would think that because I usually have a really good time. I'm there to bring attention to some project that's about to be released, and it's great to be able to take advantage of that to bring attention to bring attention to the film.

DoxBolt1148 karma

Simple question here, How are you today?

iamharrisonford1802 karma

I'm trying to recover from a Friday night when we worked until 3 in the morning. And I'm still a bit tired.

Joshpwigs1112 karma

How do you spend your free time?

iamharrisonford2184 karma

I spend my free time at home, and with my children whom I love to spend time with.

elvesandnutella969 karma

Is it true you have an ant or a spider named after yourself?

iamharrisonford1816 karma

Yes, I think an ant was named after me by Dr. Wilson. We spoke about him earlier. And they offered to name a butterfly after me, and I thought that would be better that it be named after my daughter, Georgia.

skinsballr838 karma

What was your favorite Indiana Jones movie?

iamharrisonford1461 karma

I don't have favorites. I just love the work, and I'm glad that the films were so well-received. But I don't really have favorites.

liamquane824 karma

what drew you to Cowboys & Aliens?

iamharrisonford1603 karma

Oh, I always liked cowboy movies, and there aren't a lot of 'em being done anymore. So I loved scifi in the beautiful desert.

itsjessrabbit780 karma

Can you tell us a little more about Years of Living Dangerously and how important this issue of climate change is to you?

iamharrisonford1020 karma

Yes. Years of Living Dangerously is a wonderful opportunity to reach a lot of people with the story and importance of climate change in our lives, in recent history there's no bigger threat to the quality of human life than what is taking place right now in respect of climate change. So the chance to bring attention to this issue, this problem, and the potential solutions and mitigations of the problem, was a really important opportunity for me. I've been committed to try to be useful in the protection of nature for a long time through my association through Conservation International, and I thought the people involved in this project were thoughtful and creative and I was very happy to have the chance to work with them.

rozman0736 karma

Hello Mr. Ford. Do you have any words of wisdom you'd be willing to share with an aspiring actor?

iamharrisonford1506 karma

You know, all I can say is that it's rewarding and challenging, and the competition is so strong that the chances of being successful in that area are statistically daunting. But most people give up, or are unable to sustain themselves until they have the opportunity to become successful which means to get work, so the only thing I can say is try to figure out how not to give up. If it's a true ambition and you really have a passion for storytelling, try and figure out how to hang in there.

HardTen720 karma

I know from your bio that you were a carpenter before being discovered, and that you portrayed someone with better than average woodworking skills in Witness. Do you still enjoy woodworking, or do you not have the time?

iamharrisonford1151 karma

I don't really have the time anymore. It's a skill that you have to really practice. But the notion that I was a carpenter before I was discovered, when I came to California to be an actor, that's what I wanted to do, if I grew up, when I grew up. And I had some good luck and worked as an actor for many years before I became a carpenter.

gazmas79715 karma

How do you stay in shape?

iamharrisonford1419 karma

By trying to eat well and I love to play tennis. I play tennis as often as I can.

TehElk674 karma

Thank you for doing the AMA. If you could go back in time and play any role in any movie, what role would you choose?

iamharrisonford1228 karma

You know one of the great things about being an actor is that you don't very often go back. For me, the pleasure of it is new characters and new challenges.

cella65500 karma

Mr. Ford, thanks for being here! Have you ever played one of the Indiana Jones adventure games from LucasArts? What do you think about them? And my wife wants to know if you have been a fan of Allie McBeal back when it was on. It seems to be an important question for her :)

iamharrisonford787 karma

I never played one of the games, and I thought Allie McBeal was fantastic. I really liked the show. I didn't see that many episodes, but I did think it was great.

bpo1987449 karma

Being a Chicago native, are you a White Sox or Cubs fan?

iamharrisonford1024 karma

I was never very interested in baseball, but Chicago's an incredible town, and I'm still very interested in what goes on in Chicago.

spannybear362 karma

Hey Harrison, Huge fan of all your work, I was wondering what was your most enjoyable skill that you learned for a specific role and which role was it? And how did you go about learning it?

iamharrisonford685 karma

Well, I don't know that I've learned any real skill, but what I love about acting is learning about different lives, so when you play a policeman, you will often spend some time with policemen that can help you understand them and what goes on in the real life of a policeman, same with a doctor, a surgeon, a scientist, a secret agent, so you get to learn something about different people's lives every time. Research is very important to me.

youshouldnot185 karma

were you really a carpet salesman until you were 37?

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SlashStar100 karma

Favorite non-movie Star Wars product?

iamharrisonford295 karma

I don't know anything about it, sorry.