“Well, when I decided to build this studio, a friend of mine
told me, well, ‘I know a young carpenter,’” Mendes told ET in 1983. “So he came
over. Young fellow with a beard and the long hair. And I said, ‘OK, let's do
the studio.’ And his name was Harrison Ford. And the rest, you know, is
history. And he is a great carpenter. He did a marvelous job.”
Needless to say, the customer was satisfied -- if Yelp had
been around in 1970, it’s safe to presume Mendes would have given five stars to
the young fellow with a beard.
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Before Ford moved to being a movie star full-time, he continued
to do carpentry work in between film and TV roles. Valerie Harper and Sally
Kellerman were two other celebrities who employed Ford during that time. During
his conversation with ET, Ford explained why he wanted to take up the vocation
after his career hit a plateau.
“I stopped taking the same kind of job over and over again
in television, so I didn't wear out my welcome. And I thought [that] if I found
another job to make money, I wouldn't be tempted to take acting jobs merely to
have enough money to put food on the table,” said Ford. “So, I became a
carpenter, and in that time I was a carpenter -- eight years -- I only did
about three or four films. I never abandoned my ambition to be an actor, but I
only did those parts which were better than what I had been offered before, and
in good movies.”
Let’s zoom in on Ford in that photo... Now, that’s the face of a guy who knows what he’s doing, even
when he doesn’t.