Hollywood has witnessed many stars shine and fade away, but only a few remained iconic throughout history. Harrison Ford is one of those actors who stand out as a titan. You will not find many names that level up to the success met by Ford. While it is every actor’s dream to even score an audition for a popular role, Ford got to play two of the biggest characters in the history of cinemas. With Han Solo and Indiana Jones, the film industry became his kingdom during the 1980s. He started as a nobody who became an international sensation overnight.
Star Wars was the first big break for Ford in 1977. But starring in a sci-fi film with heavy special effects came with its own share of risk during those years. Yet both Ford’s Han Solo and the movie propelled into something massive in the coming years. With a huge fan following across the world, Star Wars turned him into a star in no time.
The ‘80s were indeed his prime time as another classic franchise came his way. It’s not every day that you see an actor nailing two classic characters, but Harrison Ford took everyone by storm as Indiana Jones. As his journey with Star Wars was coming to an end with the premiere of Return of the Jedi, Ford started getting busy with the sensational archaeologist. Within no time, he became the face of yet another mega-franchise that was making millions. Decades later, Ford reprised his iconic roles in the modern Star Wars Trilogy and is also set to return as the archaeologist soon, probably for the last time.
While Harrison Ford was flourishing in his career with two coveted roles, he was considered for another classic character, Batman. In 1989, Tim Burton was on the verge of taking Batman’s film adventures to new heights. Before going with Michael Keaton, the talented director had considered many A-list actors. One of the top choices was none other than the face of Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford. However, after giving it enough thought, Tim found his Batman in Michael Keaton.
Had Ford landed the role of the Caped Crusader, the world would have seen an unprecedented Hollywood success. However, losing out the contract to Keaton wasn’t a big loss for Ford. He was already at the top of his career and earned a timeless top spot in cinemas.