Harrison Ford Says That He And Brad Pitt Had A Complicated Experience While Filming “The Devil’s Own”
For those of you who simply thrive on hot goss from 26-year-old movies that loop on the USA Network, Harrison Ford is here to supply it. The patron saint of grumpiness is back on the scene to begin promoting his new film Indiana Jones and the Million Dollar Retirement Check Dial of Destiny. During an interview with Esquire, Harrison decided to regale us with some tales from his storied career in front of the camera. He detailed his time working with Brad Pitt on the 1997 film The Devil’s Own, calling it “complicated.” Brad having a complicated experience with someone? Say it isn’t so!
Back in the Spice Girl era, Brad had put together a film about a New York cop and an IRA gunman who clash over Brad Pitt’s terrible Irish accent. He was excited about getting the script for his drama pulled together and wanted another heartthrob on screen to draw in the horny crowds. Enter Harrison. via People:
“Brad developed the script. Then they offered me the part. I saved my comments about the character and the construction of the thing — I admired Brad,”
That’s a shady way of saying, “bitch, your script sucks.” They struggled to agree on the director before they got into it over Brad’s underdeveloped character, and Harrison won out. Then he got straight into playing script doctor.
“Brad had this complicated character, and I wanted a complication on my side so that it wasn’t just a good-and-evil battle,” he continued. “And that’s when I came up with the bad-shooting thing.”
The “bad-shooting thing” was a scene in the movie where Ford’s police officer character sees his partner participate in an illegal shooting. As Ford explained, he “worked with a writer” for the scene, but he and Pitt, 59, couldn’t come to an agreement on how things would go.
“Each of us had different ideas about it. I understand why he wanted to stay with his point of view, and I wanted to stay with my point of view—or I was imposing my point of view, and it’s fair to say that that’s what Brad felt,” Ford shared.
“It was complicated. I like the movie very much. Very much.”
Unfortunately, Harrison had nothing to say about how good Brad was in bed. So, who was the difficult one on set? Where is the story where the two got into a screaming match? Did anyone throw a chair? No mud wrestling?! Sadly, Dr. Jones is being awfully diplomatic about his experience. The best part of Harrison’s interview though is when he lied to Elton John about writing an autobiography.
Later, he ran into Elton John at Stella McCartney’s fiftieth-birthday party, and John—who famously wrote an autobiography of his own, Me—asked Ford why he hadn’t gotten around to it. “I said, ‘I thought about it, but I decided I’m not going to do it, because I didn’t want to tell the truth,’ ” Ford says. “And I saw the disappointment on his face—Elton’s a pretty genuine guy, you know. I wanted to mollify him, so I said, ‘But I didn’t want to lie, either.’ So that’s the reason I’m not writing a book: because I don’t want to tell the truth, and I don’t want to lie.”
Poor Elton is probably hoping for that advance copy of Indy and Me: The Harrison Ford Story. But we can infer one thing from Harrison’s excuse: he is sitting on a mountain of gossip that can get loads of people in trouble. Spill it, Harrison. The people and Elton want to know!