Harrison Ford Reveals He Had Amnesia After Near Fatal Plane Crash

by Jackie Willis 6:40 AM PDT, October 30, 2015
Playing Harrison Ford Reveals He Had Amnesia After Near Fatal Plane Crash

Harrison Ford's recollection of his plane crash in March sounds like something out of a movie.

The 73-year-old action star appeared on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live wearing a "dog in a hot dog suit" costume, marking his first interview on late night TV since the accident.

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Over seven months ago, Ford was flying solo when his small, vintage two-seater fighter plane malfunctioned, forcing him to crash land at the Penmar Golf Course.

Ford admitted that he doesn't remember a lot of the crash, but he does recall how it all started. "I remember the engine stopping, I remember that part very well," he said. "I remember telling the tower what I was going to do and I remember their suggestion. Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew that I wasn't going to do that. So I said 'no.'"

After that, it appears the Star Wars actor had a bout of amnesia. "And that's the last thing I remember until five days afterwards," he said. "I'm told by the doctors that the amount of general anesthetic that I received…gave me retrograde amnesia."

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"That kind of thing happens in movies," Kimmel quipped. As it just so happens, Ford played a man with amnesia in the 1991 film Regarding Henry.

"This was not a movie," Ford replied dryly.

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The actor also spoke about his ankle injury sustained on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set. Kimmel pointed out that the police report said "a 73-year-old man was injured by a garage door."

When the host, who was dressed as Princess Leia, asked if the cops lied and he was really injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, Ford replied, "Woof."

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In 1999, Ford talked all about flying during an interview with ET. "You just forewarn yourself against the potential, which is always there, for an accident," he said.