The look on Harrison Ford’s face immediately after he punched Blade Runner 2049 costar Ryan Gosling in the face says a lot.
A new photo released by Warner Bros. captures the very moment that Ford’s fist connected with Gosling’s face. Ford, standing in the background of the shot, is notably horrified, holding his right hand. Gosling looks stunned, his jaw unhinged.
This still of Harrison Ford accidentally punching Ryan Gosling for real during a Blade Runner 2049 scene is amazing. pic.twitter.com/3uKIxHo1AT— Toucan Dan (@GolazoDan) September 30, 2017
The fact that Ford first punched Gosling while filming came to light in December 2016 during a profile piece on Gosling for GQ. The actor, who plays Officer K in Blade Runner 2049, broke down what led to the punch and Ford’s reaction to socking his younger counterpart. Gosling said that Ford didn’t so much as apologize for the punch as he did bring over a bottle of scotch and pour Gosling a drink, telling the Canadian actor it was an honor to be hit by Indiana Jones.
We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice.” He laughs. “I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from—was it from his mother or his father? He said, ‘Sears.’ And he didn't have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out.”
Last month, GQ followed up with Ford about the altercation and the actor said that it was Gosling’s job to be out of range when Ford took the swing. The fact that Gosling got hit, Ford added, was 90 percent the younger actor’s fault.
“His job was to be out of the range of the punch. My job was also to make sure that I pulled the punch. But we were moving, and the camera was moving, so I had to be aware of the angle to the camera to make the punch look good. You know, I threw about a hundred punches in the shooting of it, and I only hit him once.”
It’s only recently that we’ve been able to see the actual punch — albeit frozen in place. When the photo was brought up on The Graham Norton Show, a late night talk show in England, Ford said the look on his face was one of “Oh shit, I’m in deep doo-doo.”
The punch did not make it into the final version of the film.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released on Oct. 6.