Last fall, Ryan Gosling revealed that Harrison Ford punched him in the face — like, legit punched him in the face — on the set of Blade Runner 2049. It was for a scene they were filming in Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, of course. Still, the thought of iconic curmudgeon Harrison Ford punching iconic pretty boy Ryan Gosling in the kisser is just so delightful. In a new interview, Ford responds to Gosling’s face-punching allegation by suggesting his younger co-star should be “grateful” it only happened once. That sound you hear is the firing of shots from Ford’s general vicinity.
Ford is the subject of a fantastic new GQ cover story, which has plenty of wonderful comments from the typically prickly star of beloved franchises like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. But the most entertaining part of the profile (aside from Ford’s affection for a Vice show called F—ing Delicious) is when interviewer Chris Heath asks the actor to comment on the face-punching incident Gosling detailed in his own interview with GQ last year.
Ford readily admits to punching Gosling, whom he affectionately refers to later on as a “f—ing Mousketeer,” but he also hilariously maintains that it was almost entirely Gosling’s fault:
“I punched Ryan Gosling in the face,” Ford confirms. Then he adds, by way of clarification, that “Ryan Gosling’s face was where it should not have been.”
Explain further, if you will.
“His job was to be out of the range of the punch. My job was also 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.”
So he should be grateful?
“I have pointed that out.”
Oh, it gets better. When asked to corroborate Gosling’s claim that Ford later visited his dressing room with a bottle of scotch, his response is delightfully gruff:
He said you went to his dressing room with a bottle of scotch…
…and poured him a glass, then walked out with the bottle.
“Yeah? What—did he f—ing expect the whole bottle? You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough.”
Ford went on to add that he really likes Gosling, and that he’s a “smart guy” who’s “fun to work with.” That’s about the highest praise you could get from Harrison Ford.
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