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Harrison Ford Jokes About Airplane Incident During Surprise 'Star Wars' Celebration Appearance

by Sophie Schillaci 11:09 AM PDT, April 13, 2017
Playing Harrison Ford Jokes About Airplane Incident During Surprise 'Star Wars' Celebration Appearance

Harrison Ford's sense of humor is definitely intact.

The 74-year-old actor made a surprise appearance at Thursday's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, during the special 40th anniversary panel, replying clasically to some light ribbing from moderator Warwick Davis.

"I can't believe we managed to keep it a secret, considering that you landed your plane on I-4," Davis cracked, referencing a local highway. "Yeah, but it was a good landing!" quipped Ford.

The jokes kept coming later in the conversation, when George Lucas recalled casting Ford as Hans Solo in the iconic franchise. "I said, 'Do you know how to fly?'"

Ford's response, cleverly referencing his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, prompted big cheers from the audience. 

"I said, 'Fly? Yeah. Land? No.'"

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In February, Ford found himself under investigation after flying over a passenger plane at a California airport and then landing on a taxiway instead of the runway. The actor was not fined and did not lose his pilot's license as a result of the incident.

But it wasn't the only time he had narrowly avoided a collision in recent years. In 2015, Ford crashed his World War II-era single-engine plane at a golf course in Venice, California, about 1,000 feet from the runway at Santa Monica Airport, where he initially took off. The actor suffered amnesia after the crash, recalling that he was out for five days during his hospitalization. He also crash-landed a small plane in Nebraska in 2000.

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Thursday's Star Wars event also included appearances from Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen, while Samuel L. Jackson and Liam Neeson popped in via pre-recorded bits.

Asked how the project had impacted him 40 years ago and today, Ford joked, "it's made no difference in my life whatsoever!" before getting nostalgic.

"It was the beginning of an incredible ride," he said. "You can have the most brilliant cast in the world, but they have a story to tell. And the story we had to tell was more than sufficient. It was full of humor, emotion and conflict. It was a brilliant invention of a mythology."

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