The new REELZ show Celebrity Close Calls, airing Tuesday at 11p ET/ 8p PT, features celebs describing terrifying real-life moments when they were truly in danger. From out-of-control airplanes to deadly crashes to runaway horses, it's surprising just how susceptible celebrities are to finding themselves in life-or-death scenarios.
When it comes to fictional close calls, however, it's clear that one celebrity surpasses all the others when it comes to making escapes just by the skin of his teeth. Harrison Ford seems to go right from one jam to another in his blockbuster franchises, and nearly always manages to make a clean getaway. In honor of these numerous near misses, we're taking a look at our favorite big-screen close calls featuring Harrison Ford. Sadly, Ford is not one of the celebs featured on our series, though we do want him to know that he is welcome to drop by any old time and tell us all about some of his hair-raising, high-flying adventures.
Dicey Drag Race
Remember that time Harrison Ford was in that drag race? Oh my gosh, that got so dicey! He had to escape out of a burning car and everything!
He had another close call that time he was a big important business guy. All he did was go to a convenience store to get cigarettes and he got shot by John Leguizamo. He almost died, and all he wanted was cigarettes! Man. That was one close call.
There was also that time when Harrison Ford was fighting that terrorist on a boat that was on fire. Holy crap! How did he ever get out of that one? There was a chance he could drown, a chance he could be burned alive, and a chance that the terrorist would deliver a fatal blow, yet he still made it out alive. So impressive.
A Tight Spot
There was that other time on a boat, too, when he was trying to get away from those religious, grail-protecting guys, and he and that German lady ended up driving between those two boats. Man, that was close. They almost got squished!
Harrison Ford has had plenty of on-screen professions, including working as a space smuggler. One time he had some new customers who were trying to get away from Imperial troops, and they made the jump to hyperspace just in the nick of time. Half a second would have made the difference between getting away and being blown out of the sky — or at least imprisoned. But there's no doubt about the fact that it was a very close call.
But that wasn’t nearly as close a call as when Harrison Ford was president and Gary Oldman hijacked his plane. They wound up fighting right by the open cargo door mid-flight, and either one could have been pulled out of the plane at aroud 35000 feet. Does it even get closer than that?
Even worse was the time when he was on a rope bridge with Steven Spielberg's wife, Short Round, and a bunch of scary bad guys. Harrison Ford went ahead and completely cut the bridge in two. They were in the middle of a bridge crossing a giant gorge, and he just chopped in half like it was nothing. Once again, he managed to make it through.
And that was (arguably) not even the most dramatic or iconic big drop over a body of water that belongs on a list of Harrison Ford's silver-screen close calls. There was also the time when Tommy Lee Jones backed him to the edge of a spillway on a giant dam. Instead of giving up, or turning himself in, or trying to run past Jones, he jumped out of the tunnel and did a swan dive from about a bazillion feet above the water. And then he came out with barely a scratch on him, because he's Harrison Ford and that's how he do.
Oh, or that one time when the aliens attacked that old-timey town. What the crap was that? The town was full of a bunch of Old West cowboys; they didn't have the firepower to beat alien ships. But the aliens weren't quick enough or powerful enough to get Harrison Ford.
There was that other time when he went to a temple-type thing in Peru, and there were all kinds of booby traps, including a giant boulder that chased him through a tunnel. Most people would have just been squashed, but Ford totally out ran that huge, deadly boulder.
And that wasn’t the only close call he had in Latin America. There was also the time when he was part of that motorcade that was ambushed by some kind of drug cartel. There were all these guys shooting at them, and one dude even had a rocket launcher thing, but guess who made it through alive. Harrison Ford, that’s who.
Don't Forget Your Hat
In fact, Harrison Ford is such a badass when it comes to close calls that even his hat has made it through more than a few daring escapes.
Sure there are plenty of action-movie stars that have found themselves in a wide variety of deadly situations, but we feel confident that this list proves that Harrison Ford is the Close-Call King.
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