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The veteran Star Wars actor was welcomed to the stage by late night host Jimmy Kimmel, bedecked in a Princess Leia costume complete with side buns, and told Ford, “I’m your lover. You don’t remember me from the ‘70s? We had quite a thing.”
Ford, who is known for dressing up in head-to-toe costume every Halloween, said that he started dressing up when he used to go out trick-or-treating with his son as an effort to not draw attention and used the costumes as “disguises.”
Ford, who survived a plane crash in Santa Monica in March, discussed the aerial emergency in detail. Asked if he remembered the crash on the golf course, Ford said, “Not all of it, but I remember some of it.”
“I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well,” he continued. “And then I remember telling the tower what I was going to do. And then I remember their suggestion,” Ford said. “Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew I wasn’t going to do that, so I said no. … And that’s the last thing that I remember until five days afterwards actually.”
Seventy-three-year-old Ford said that although he wasn’t unconscious in the plane, he doesn’t remember the plane going down or any events until five days after the crash landing.
“I’m told by the doctors that the amount of general anesthetic that I got induced a retrograde amnesia,” Ford explained, who hasn’t seen news reports of the March accident.
Kimmel then asked the actor about his upcoming role in the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and if he would have seen the film if he weren’t in it. “It’s down the block,” he said to Kimmel about it being up his alley. “I would take my kids.”
While on set filming The Force Awakens, Ford injured his ankle by (what a police report read as) a garage door. “It was the door to the Millennium Falcon,” Ford copped up. The late night host asked the veteran actor to give eager Star Wars fans a glimpse of the upcoming December film. “What is there to say? And why would you want to say anything? I want the audience to experience it. I don’t want them to hear anything about it.”
As to why Luke Skywalker is not on the Force Awakens poster, Ford quipped, “there wasn’t room. … there’s a very good reason. I can’t tell you,” he said before offering some personal opinion. “I can tell you this: it’s really, really good.”
“The new cast — Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac — are phenomenal. J.J. [Abrams] has made an incredible movie. You will not be disappointed at all. I promise you.”
Kimmel then asked Ford which director he liked better: George Lucas or J.J. Abrams. The actor replied, “or Donald Trump? I love them all,” Ford said.
“George has been amazing to me. He’s been the author of the early chapters of my life and given me the opportunity to gave a really extraordinary life,” Ford thanked the director. “J.J. has given me a chance to have a really wonderful part in a great movie.”
Though Ford originally asked Lucas to have one of the Star Wars writers kill off his character in “some noble way” (“I asked him to ask the writers to kill me off because I thought that it would be good that the character who appeared to have not so much of a complex interweaving with the theme of the force and all that good stuff”), he said he’s glad his character wasn’t written out of the film.
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