Last December, Ryan Gosling revealed that he had been honored to receive Harrison Ford’s fist during filming for their upcoming film Blade Runner 2049. Gosling described it as a “rite of passage”, an entirely accidental but inevitable fact of working together in an action film where fighting is in the script.
Nine months later, we’re finally hearing Ford’s side of the story, and apparently, it’s all Gosling’s fault.
“I punched Ryan Gosling in the face,” Ford admits, but then clarifies his position on the matter. “Ryan Gosling’s face was where it should not have been.”
“His job was to be out of the range of the punch,” The Indiana Jones actor further explains. “My job was to make sure that I pulled the punch. But we were moving, and the camera was moving, so I had to be aware of the angle to the camera to make the punch look good. You know, I threw about a hundred punches in the shooting of it, and I only hit him once.”
When asked if the one punch that did connect was entirely Gosling’s fault, Ford considers the question thoughtfully before offering his opinion.
“No,” he says, and then equivocates. “I mean, I suppose it’s 90 percent his fault.”
In last December’s issue of GQ Magazine Gosling describes the aftermath of the incident. “When it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice,” The La La Land actor said before laughing.
Afterward, Ford appeared to apologize with an offering of scotch. However, after arriving at Gosling’s dressing room and pouring him a glass, he nodded and walked out with the nearly full bottle.
Ford once again confirmed the incident in this month’s issue of GQ. “Yeah? What- did he f!@#$ing expect the whole bottle?” Ford said. “You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough.”
Later on in the interview, Ford would finally break the facade of the Hollywood tough guy he’s so carefully constructed for over four decades and admit that he and Gosling had a fine working relationship. “No, he was fun to work with. I like him a lot. He’s a smart guy. I mean, he’s a fucking Mouseketeer – He’s been doing this since he was 6 years old or something. He knows what he’s doing.”
Gosling seems to share the sentiment with Ford, who he considers as one of his heroes. “You know, they say don’t meet your heroes, but I would say the addendum to that is ‘…unless they’re Harrison Ford.’ ‘Cause he’s a cool mother!@#%.”
Blade Runner 2049 is set to release Oct. 6, 2017, in theaters everywhere.
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