A year ago, Ryan Gosling told GQ about the accidental altercation:
“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.”
It was no secret on set that getting punched by Harrison Ford was the best possible way to get punched.
“As soon as it happened, the director came up to me and said, ‘Look at it this way—you just got hit by Indiana Jones.’”
And Harrison Ford was very Harrison Ford about it.
“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.” He smiles. “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.”
Well, now Ford is telling his side to GQ a year later.
“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. “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. Did he fucking expect the whole bottle? You know, I figured one drink would fix it. That was enough.”
All seems good between the two because Harrison Ford couldn’t resist singing Ryan’s praises.
“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.”