Fans have been waiting a long time to see a follow-up to the seminal sci-fi hit Blade Runner, and they received their wish when it was announced that a sequel was officially happening. The long-gestating Blade Runner sequel will see the return of Harrison Ford as Replicant hunter Rick Deckard, and assuming that all things go well, he'll more than likely pass the franchise torch over to Ryan Gosling. When Gosling joined the highly secretive Blade Runner 2049, he probably didn't think that involved being punched in the face.
While filming a fight scene together, Harrison Ford accidentally decked Ryan Gosling in the face. As anyone who ever play fought as a child can tell you, it's just one of those things that happen when you roughhouse. Gosling remembered the incident in an interview with GQ and told the story of what Ford did after the punch.
Yeah, he did [punch me in the face]. It was kind of, you know, a rite of passage. We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, 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. I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from---was it from his mother or his father? He said, 'Sears.' And he didn't have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out.
There you have it. If you want to be like Harrison Ford, then shop at Sears. Fans who are familiar at all with Ford's personality will know that he can have a pretty dry sense of humor, which was in full effect after the accidental punch. After the incident, the director (Denis Villeneuve) came over to Gosling and said, "look at it this way -- you just got hit by Indiana Jones." There are certainly worse iconic figures from your childhood to get punched by.
Even though it was an accident, you'd think the experience would sour meeting an icon from your childhood, but Ford turned it around with a pretty classy -- but still in character -- apology. Gosling continued:
He came by afterward with this bottle of scotch, and I thought, 'Oh, I knew this was coming.' And he pulled out a glass from his pocket, poured me a glass, and walked away with the rest of the bottle. So I guess he felt like he didn't connect enough to earn a whole bottle. 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 motherfucker.
The plot of Blade Runner 2049 is being kept under lock and key, but it will take place 30 years after the events of the original movie. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as the maybe Replicant Deckard, who is rumored to play more of a supporting role than a main character. The sequel is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) with a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Blade Runner 2049 is expected to hit theaters on October 6, 2017.