Celebrities often keep some conditions or requests when joining a project. It can be a big request or a small one. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford are familiar with the concept as well. Whether it is about how they look, something they are possessive over, or just how the script is turning out to be; requests have been put here and there to ensure everyone is content.
A movie that had certain demands from both actors also happened to be one of the most iconic films in their filmographies. The Fugitive was one film that hyped the fans the moment it came out because of how interesting the concept of the movie really was. Not only did it bring out a spinoff series of Jones, but it was a movie that everyone loved heartily.
Tommy Lee Jones Was Ready To Work With Harrison Ford On One Condition
When Tommy Lee Jones first was presented with the idea of The Fugitive, he knew that the concept of the film was not one that could be taken lightly. A doctor gets wrongly accused of killing his wife, later being forced to be on the run because of authorities chasing him. It was enough to attract a big audience instantaneously.
“If we’re going to do this movie, the best service we can do is to enjoy it. So let’s be sure that we’re having fun every minute. If we’re not having fun, let’s stop and figure out why and then make some decisions that are fun.”
Despite his interest in the film, he had to put one condition forward which he could not back away from at all. It became such an important demand that everyone agreed. His request was that the entire cast and crew enjoy their experience while working on the film and can reap the best out of it. If that was not the case, then he saw no point in making the film.
Harrison Ford’s Condition for Working On The Fugitive
When Harrison Ford was preparing for the movie, he had a beard. This was something Warner Bros. Discovery was not okay with because they primarily wanted to see his face. However, Ford refused to work if his beard was being removed under any circumstance.
“Harrison had a beard at the time, and he wanted to keep the beard. The studio was pissed off. [Ex-Warner Bros. chairman] Bob Daly said, ‘I’m paying for Harrison Ford’s face, I want to see Harrison Ford’s face!’”
After a lot of back and forth, the studios and Ford came to a compromise, finding some form of a middle ground. The beard would stay on up until Ford’s character would go underground, having to change his appearance. Although, after a while, they realized that the beard was not causing so much of a problem and it could stay.
Source: Rolling Stone