7 enjoyable, stunning belongings you most likely didn't find out about 'Indiana Jones' star Harrison Ford

1. Harrison Ford almost performed Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park.”

Harrison Ford receives an honorary Palme D'Or during the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2023, and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant in "Jurassic Park."

Harrison Ford receives an honorary Palme D’Or through the 76th annual Cannes movie competition at Palais des Festivals on Could 18, 2023, and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park.”

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Harrison Ford has collected roles in film franchises like Thanos collects Infinity Stones, with the 80-year-old actor showing within the likes of “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Blade Runner,” and the “Jack Ryan” films over time. He is even set to switch the late William Harm within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Common Thunderbolt Ross in “Captain America: New World Order.”

However there’s one other iconic franchise he almost starred in: “Jurassic Park.”

Sure, Ford almost went up in opposition to the T-Rex and the Velociraptors within the traditional Steven Spielberg film.

Showing at a “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark” screening in 2011, Ford joked: “It is an absolute delight to revisit Indy. And an opportunity to work with Steven once more, who solely hires me for Indiana Jones” (through The Mary Sue).

Nevertheless, Spielberg was fast to reply, saying:  “I gotta appropriate this. Have you learnt who I provided ‘Jurassic Park’ to? This man. Alan Grant, I first provided to this man.”

It is not clear why he did not star within the movie, however fortunately he did not, in any other case, followers would’ve by no means seen Sam Neill within the position.

2. Harrison Ford has an ant and a spider named after him.

Ants are seen cutting pieces of leaves and carrying them away.

Leaf-cutting ants are proven in Costa Rica.

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Critically, Harrison Ford really has a species of ant named after him. Pheidole harrisonfordi is a subspecies of ant that may be present in Central America, however primarily dwell in Honduras. 

Harvard naturalist E.O. Wilson named the ant after the star after they each sat on the board of Conservation Worldwide (through Bloomberg).

Not solely that, however he additionally has the Calponia harrisonfordi spider named after him by arachnologist Norman I. Platnick as a present “in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the American Museum” (through American Museum Novitates).

3. Harrison Ford rescued a misplaced boy scout in 2001.

Boy scout Cody Clawson.

Boy Scout Cody Clawson.

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No, this is not the deleted plot of an “Indiana Jones” film: Ford rescued a misplaced boy scout again in 2001 (through ABC Information). 1

3-year-old Cody Clawson went lacking for 18 hours close to Yellowstone Nationwide Park, and needed to sleep in a cave in a single day as a result of climate.

Clawson recalled: “It rained and sleeted that night time. It was fairly scary.”

The following morning, Clawson used his belt buckle to sign to planes and helicopters overhead, saying: “I began in search of an open place that I might sign them. I used my belt buckle to replicate the daylight. They noticed it and landed.”

He lastly received a pilot’s consideration, and it simply so occurred to be Ford. 

“He mentioned, ‘Good morning,’ and I acknowledged his voice as a result of he mentioned it similar to he did in ‘Star Wars,’” mentioned the boy. “He requested how I used to be doing and mentioned, ‘You actually ought to have earned a advantage badge for this.’”

4. Harrison Ford additionally rescued a girl who received caught on Desk Mountain.

Actor Harrison Ford Flies His Helicopter July 10, 2001 Near Jackson, Wy. Ford Located And Rescued Missing 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Cody Clawson.

Actor Harrison Ford flies his helicopter in 2001.

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Ford’s aviation abilities have been additionally helpful in 2000 when Sarah Hurst received caught on the prime of Desk Mountain in Wyoming resulting from altitude illness. Her good friend Megan referred to as for assist, and a helicopter arrived to take them each to security, and who was the pilot? You guessed it: Harrison Ford.

Hurst instructed Leisure Tonight that she did not acknowledge him at first, saying: “It completely threw me off — he was sporting, I consider it was a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap or one thing. And I believed, ‘I do not know any soccer gamers.’”

Sadly, Hurst did throw up within the helicopter.

“I did get nauseous, and threw up within the helicopter. Which was his. Fortunate, I made it right into a hat,” mentioned Hurst.

Don’t fret, it wasn’t Ford’s Dallas Cowboys hat. However there you’ve it; he is additionally a hero off-screen.

5. Harrison Ford’s carpentry abilities landed him the position of Han Solo.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi."

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.”

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Clearly, one in every of Ford’s largest roles is Han Solo within the “Star Wars” films, however he really received the position due to being a gifted carpenter.

At Star Wars Celebration 2017, George Lucas recalled how casting director Fred Roos slyly managed to get Ford in entrance of him.

Lucas mentioned: “Later I came upon it was a casting director who mentioned: ‘Proper, sit up proper outdoors of the workplace and faux such as you’re constructing one thing.’”

However Ford claims he was really doing the work, and never simply pretending.

“Garbage! I used to be really putting in a door for Francis Ford Coppola as a favor to his artwork director, who had constructed a door however could not discover anyone to put in it,” mentioned Ford. “And I mentioned, ‘I am going to do it however I am solely gonna do it at night time as a result of I do not need individuals strolling by there whereas I am making an attempt to do the factor.’”

He added: “I used to be really there working. I would not sit out in entrance and anticipate you, George! I like you, however I do not wait out entrance!”

6. Harrison Ford received his ear pierced at Claire’s Equipment.

Actor Harrison Ford arrives at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "Ender's Game" at the Chinese Theatre on October 28, 2013

Harrison Ford with an ear piercing.

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Getting an ear piercing at Claire’s Equipment is a ceremony of passage for a lot of youngsters all over the world, in addition to a barely older Harrison Ford.

The star was 55 years outdated when he determined to go to the shop in 1997, telling Folks journal (through Yahoo! Information) that he was having lunch with Jimmy Buffett and Ed Bradley when he made the choice.

He recalled: “All of us had the identical telephones and watches. however I spotted I did not have an earring like they did.”

Ford and his now ex-wife Melissa Mathison went right into a retailer after lunch and he received his ear pierced by a girl referred to as Tavora Escossery.

In accordance with the worker, Ford “did not flinch, and when it was accomplished, he mentioned, ‘That did not harm.’”

Ford even left her an autograph that mentioned: “To Tavora. You made a gap in me. Harrison Ford.”

7. Harrison Ford did a Japanese industrial for “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”

Harrison Ford holding a PlayStation controller.

Harrison Ford holding a PlayStation controller.


Surprisingly, in 2011, Harrison Ford filmed a 30-second Japanese industrial for “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”

The advert sees the actor taking part in the enduring aircraft sequence through which Nathan Drake is hanging out the again of a cargo aircraft. It is a enjoyable clip, if a little bit odd. 

The making-of footage is equally enjoyable, because it exhibits the star actually stepping into the online game.

Whichever advertising and marketing govt got here up with the concept of getting the “Indiana Jones” star play “Uncharted” undoubtedly deserved a increase.

Bonus reality: Carrie Fisher mentioned she had an affair with Harrison Ford whereas filming “Star Wars.”

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Again.”

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Okay, this is not stunning, however it’s fairly attention-grabbing.

The chemistry between Han Solo and Princess Leia works so properly in 1977’s “Star Wars,” and that’s most likely all the way down to the truth that Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher apparently had a fling whereas filming the traditional sci-fi film. Though it is price noting that Ford was married to Mary Marquardt on the time. 

Selling her 2016 e book, “The Princess Diarist,” Fisher instructed Folks journal: “It was so intense. It was Han and Leia through the week, and Carrie and Harrison through the weekend.” 

Within the e book, she wrote: “I appeared over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a number of strands of hair fell over his noble, barely furrowed forehead. How might you ask such a shining specimen of a person to be glad with the likes of me?” 

 “I used to be so inexperienced, however I trusted one thing about him. He was form,” Fisher added.