Wednesday 13 December 2017

Harrison Ford marriage: how would his characters react?

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have got married
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have got married

Alastair Jamieson

Harrison Ford, star of Indiana Jones and Star Wars, has married actress Calista Flockhart after an eight year romance.

The couple were married in the Governor's mansion in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Ford, 67, is currently filming Cowboys and Aliens.

The actor proposed to Miss Flockhart, 45, on Valentine’s Day in 2009 – a romantic affirmation of their relationship that is in contrast to the alpha-male action heroism that has been a theme of his best-known films.

Below is a flavour of how his characters might have conducted the romance:


The mercenary was first introduced to the galaxy in the 1977 hit Star Wars but it was four years and two films later, in Return of the Jedi, that the gun-toting smuggler finally resolved the love triangle with Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Ranked the seventh Coolest Pop Culture Hero of All Time by Entertainment Weekly (Harry Potter was fourth), Han Solo set the bar for Harrison Ford’s array of self-assured characters.

Typical exchange:

Princess Leia: I love you.

Han Solo: I know.


The machete-wielding adventurer carved himself a niche as the reluctantly chivalrous rescuer of women from the horror of creepy-crawlies. Very much at home in a cave, Indiana Jones is the least romantically aware of Harrison Ford’s heroes but an attempt to rebalance the gender politics was made in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) by ‘tough girl’ Marion Ravenwood.

Typical exchange:

Marion Ravenwood: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.

Indiana Jones: It's not the years, honey; it's the mileage.


The specially-trained detective in Blade Runner (1982) is entwined with femme fatale Rachael, but their relationship founders on the issue of trust. Her passion is dampened by fears he could be a genetically engineered replicant. His habit of leaving the loo seat up may also have been a factor.

Typcial exchange:

Deckard: Say "Kiss me".

Rachael: Kiss me.

Deckard: I want you

Rachael: I want you.

Deckard: Again

Rachael: I want you.


The special agent from Tom Clancy’s novels was first played by Alec Baldwin but Harrison Ford ‘stole’ the role with his performances in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear And Present Danger (1994). The married CIA analyst is spared the cheesy chat-up lines but is able to fulfil his alpha-male duties of protection and reassurance when his family is threatened by Irish terrorists seeking revenge in Patriot Games.

Typical exchange:

Dr Cathy Ryan (his wife): It was him wasn't it? He's never gonna leave us alone.

Jack Ryan: He'll never get that close to us again, honey. That's why he calls in the middle of the night. It's all he can do.

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