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“I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with”: Harrison Ford Fought For His Female Co-star Who Was About To Get Fired Because Of Her S*xuality

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The late actress, Anne Heche has been a phenomenal actor starring in multiple successful movies. However, soon enough at the height of her career she was ostracized due to her s*xuality. In the 1990s when she went public with her relationship with Elle DeGeneres, she had to suffer multiple rejections and lost many projects.

Harrison Ford helped Anne Heche in getting her role back
Harrison Ford helped Anne Heche in getting her role back

The newfound equal-representation phenomenon has changed the things in the film industry but things weren’t as nice back then. Pressure from influential higher-ups led people loose out on roles. The same took place with Anne Heche, but thankfully her Six Days Seven Nights co-star, Harrison Ford jumped in to save her role.

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Harrison Ford Saved Anne Heche

Anne Heche and Harrison Ford starred together in Six Days Seven Nights
Anne Heche and Harrison Ford starred together in Six Days Seven Nights

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Anne Heche went public about her s*xuality when she took her then-girlfriend Elle DeGeneres to the premiere of her film Volcano in 1997. Despite opposition from her colleagues, friends, and even DeGeneres she did not shy away from making her relationship public. But, soon enough she was forced not to attend her own film’s after party and was told she would be loosing her Fox contract for the movie Six Days Seven Nights. Hailing Harrison Ford as her hero, she recalls,

“I would not have gotten that movie. He called me the day after they said I wasn’t gonna get it, because I took Ellen to the premiere, and Harrison Ford, he was a hero. He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with. We’re gonna make the best romantic comedy there is, and I’ll see ya on the set.’ He’s one of my heroes. He fought a battle for me, and I would be on any desert island with him any day.”

Adding on how much of an extraordinary human being Ford was, she couldn’t stop praising the Indiana Jones actor. We sure appreciate Ford standing up for his co-star at times when doing so he could have himself risked loosing his career.

Anne Heche’s Relationship Almost Destroyed Her Career

Anne Heche dated Ellen DeGeneres in 1997
Anne Heche dated Ellen DeGeneres in 1997

The late actress Anne Heche who sadly passed away in 2022 following a car-crash, once spoke up the negative impact her relationship had on her career. Her relationship with the celebrity host Ellen DeGeneres lead Heche to loose million dollar film deals.

“My movie premiere for Volcano, I had told them that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract. At that moment, she took my hand and said, ‘Do what they say,’ and I said, ‘No thanks.’”
While the public revelation of her relationship helped create a social revolution in Hollywood, the three and a half year long relationship lead Anne Heche to not get work in studio films for the next 10 years.
Source: CheatSheet


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