Harrison Ford has an impressive career. He is a famous actor known for iconic roles like Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Ford, known for his acting chops, also worked as a carpenter in the offices of Francis Ford Coppola (as a favor to a friend) before auditioning for an acting role.
He worked as a carpenter for several years before finding success as Han Solo in Star Wars Franchise and become a big star in Hollywood. But due to his carpentry skills, he was able to get a leading position Star Wars.
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Harrison Ford Worked for Francis Ford Coppola as a Carpenter
Harrison Ford had a family to support, and at that time, he wasn’t making enough money as an actor, so he started working as a carpenter. Call it bad luck or whatever, but at the same time, Ford’s friend had set up a mill for breaking into Francis Ford Coppola’s offices but couldn’t find a carpenter. That’s when he asked Ford to install it.
The Indiana Jones The star said that his friend “begged him” and he was ready to do it. So, the next morning, while Ford was setting up the millwork, George Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss walked into the office to meet with the prospective actors. Star Wars. Coincidentally, he saw Ford while he was doing a carpentry job in Coppola’s office. That’s when the director invited him for an audition. The actor said Vanity Fair:
“I was working on the grand entrance to Francis Ford Coppola’s offices, working as a carpenter when George came in with Richard Dreyfuss and was the first Star Wars interview. Somehow that rang a bell with George, and I eventually became Han Solo. “
This was not the first time Ford worked with Lucas. The actor had already worked with the director American graffiti.
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Harrison Ford has already collaborated with George Lucas in the past Star Wars
The relationship between Harrison Ford and George Lucas is more visible from their collaboration to Star Wars franchise. But before that, they worked together. Ford had a small part in the 1973 film American graffitiwhich was directed by young George Lucas.
However, Ford’s role in Star Wars it was not guaranteed despite their relationship. It was because Lucas had no desire to include any actors from American graffiti in Star Wars. In conversation with Vanity FairFord said:
“I had already done American Graffiti with George Lucas.”
The Hollywood star continued:
“George Lucas made it known that he didn’t want to work with anyone he had worked with in American Graffiti, that he was looking for a new face.”
Although Ford’s presence was not confirmed Star Wars series, he proved himself and finally got a role as Han Solo. It is a role that helped the actor establish himself in the industry.
Natural Star Wars trilogy starring Harrison Ford is available for streaming on Disney+.
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Source: Vanity Fair