Jun 01, 2023
Harrison Ford Shows 'Scars' From Stapling Indiana Jones Hat to Head
Never underestimate Harrison Ford's commitment to a role. The actor appeared to confirm that he really did staple his hat to his head during "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." In a
Never underestimate Harrison Ford's commitment to a role. The actor appeared to confirm that he really did staple his hat to his head during "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark."
In a famous behind-the-scenes clip from the first film in the hugely popular franchise, the actor could be seen wincing while appearing to attach his character's signature fedora to his head using a staple gun. It seemingly explained why Indy's hat somehow never fell off, even during the most intense fight scenes or chase sequences.
Speaking to GQ in a new video interview, Ford was asked about the archive footage. The actor said she still had scars from the hat stapling.
"I still have the … see it?" Ford said while pointing at his hairline and showing the camera his supposed staple scars.
"You do what you need to do," he added.
Given Ford's dry sense of humor, it's unclear whether he was just committing to the decadelong joke — we suspect the staple gun could have been empty — or whether he was telling the truth.
Either way, the fedora isn't the only part of Indy's iconic outfit that the 81-year-old actor took issue with.
Ford — who has reprised his role in the fifth installment, "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" — also said in the interview that he pushed back against the leather jacket and bullwhip when he first saw the costume for the character.
"It was presented to me as an aspect of character in the first film," Ford said of his costume.
"My questions about it were many," he continued. "Why am I wearing a leather jacket in the jungle? Isn't it hot here? Why am I carrying a whip? What am I going to do with a fucking whip? Am I going to whip people?"
He recalled being told that the costume, particularly the hat, was "an evocation of a time" and "a reflection of movies past."
"I said OK, and that makes it my own," he said of the outfit, which has become one of the most recognizable costumes ever worn on screen.