Harrison Ford was told he’d never be a star. The star of many popular movies such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Air Force One, sure look like he became one. He was told by a movie executive that he didn’t show star quality and he would be lucky if he made it as an actor following his first role appearance. The seventy one year old career goes six decades which includes many popular roles with his part in his early career in ‘Dead Heat On A Merry Go Round’.
Speaking to talk show host Conan O’Brien last night (27.11.13), Harrison said: I was in a contract at Columbia Pictures for $150 a week which back then in those days was still only $150 a week. It was ridiculous. My first movie role was a bell boy, a bell man in a hotel. I delivered a note or a telegram or something to James Coburn and my lines were, ‘Paging Mr Jones, Mr Jones, paging Mr Jones’ and he raised his hand and I went over and said, ‘Mr Jones? Room 204?’ and he said, ‘Yes’ and I gave him the note and that was my job.
”There was a guy that was in charge of what they call the new talent programme and he called me into his office and he said, ‘Sit down kid, I saw the rushes from yesterday, you’re never going to make it in the business just forget about it.’ He said, ‘The first movie Tony Curtis was ever in he delivered a bag of groceries. You took one look at that guy and you said that’s a movie star.’ And I leaned across his desk and said, ‘I thought you were supposed to think that was a grocery delivery boy.’ He said, ‘Get out of my office,’ which I was happy to do. I didn’t last much longer with them.”
Fifteen years later Ford was spotted by that same executive in a restaurant after he had found great success on the big screen.
The screen legend garnered ”great pleasure” when the executive apologized for his comments by sending a message to his table.
”Around 15 years later I was in a commissary at some studio and a waiter came over to me with a little silver tray and there was a business card on it. I picked up the business card and written on it was ‘I missed my bet’ and I turned it over and it was the name of the guy and much to my great, immediate pleasure, it still gives me a little bit of pleasure now – I looked around and I couldn’t figure out which one he was.”