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Indiana Jones’ lookalike takes reigns as injured Harrison Ford recovers

For the man taking the reins as the whip-cracking hero is actually a stuntman. Harrison, 78, is still recovering from a shoulder injury he got last month while rehearsing a fight scene for the fifth instalment of the Indy saga.

But his stand-in turned heads when hordes of excited fans mistook him for the real deal as they gathered at the film set in the centre of Glasgow. The stuntman was not the only thing doubling up. Plot details for the new movie are a closely-guarded secret but the Scottish city was doing a very good impression of 1960s New York.

Harrison may have been up in a hotel but his co-stars were working. Fleabag actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was in Cochrane Street. And Boyd Holbrook, of Gone Girl and Narcos fame, was also spotted on set.

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Star Wars: Harrison Ford was turned down for Han Solo by George Lucas

Today, July 13 2021, marks Harrison Ford‘s 79th birthday. Back in the 1970s Ford was an unknown actor and was working on becoming a star. The young heartthrob had claimed a few small parts in some films but had not really gathered enough renown to become a huge hit just yet. In the meantime, Ford was also working as a carpenter to pay the bills and put food on the table for his family. During one of his smaller jobs, he was cast in a George Lucas movie titled American Graffiti.

American Graffiti was one of Lucas’ first feature-length films.

The movie was released in 1973 and starred a familiar cast, including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Terry McGovern and Ford.

Ford’s part in the film was small but notable enough that Lucas would remember him in the months to come.

A year later, when Lucas was working on casting actors for his next feature, Star Wars, he refused to cast Ford again.

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Years later, Ford recalled: “I had already done American Graffiti with George Lucas.

“George Lucas made it known that he was not interested in working with anybody that he’d worked with in American Graffiti, that he was looking for new faces.”

Because of this, he was out of the running for Han Solo.

But that was not the last Lucas saw of Ford.

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Ford added: “Somehow that rang a bell with George, and I became, eventually, Han Solo.”

Despite the star becoming one of Lucas’ leading men, the pair didn’t always get on while shooting Star Wars.

The American actor spoke about the “beef” between himself and the director in 2017.

And he blamed Lucas’ cheesy writing for Star Wars.

Ford said: “He sold the company for, you know, $ 4 billion. He doesn’t give a s**t what I think.

“George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression… or my feelings… about the dialogue across a great space.

“So I did shout it: ‘George! You can type this s**t, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!'”

He added: “But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.”

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Indiana Jones 5 set photos reveal year of setting and plot details for Harrison Ford movie

According to The Illuminerdi, Mads Mikkelsen’s villain is a Nazi scientist who is enlisted into NASA by the US government to work on the Moon Landing initiative.

Since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was set in 1957, it would indeed make sense for the fifth film to take place in 1969 around the Moon Landing.

Plus, the fourth film introduced aliens to the franchise, so it wouldn’t surprising if the UFOs are back – especially if the new movie takes Indy into Space too.

Meanwhile, previous set photos from shooting in the north of England have seen actors dressed in World War II era Nazi uniforms alongside wartime vehicles with swastikas on.

Harrison Ford injures shoulder on ‘Indiana Jones 5’ set

WASHINGTON — Harrison Ford is taking a hiatus from filming “Indiana Jones 5” after sustaining a shoulder injury on set. The 78-year-old was hurt rehearsing a fight scene, a spokesperson for the Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday.

Production is expected to continue and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed while treatment options are evaluated.

Filming on the fifth installment in the series began earlier this month in the U.K. under the direction of James Mangold. The film is set to be released in July 2022.

Deadline first reported the news.

It’s not the first on-set injury for Ford. In 2014, he broke his leg on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when he was crushed beneath a heavy door of the Millennium Falcon while filming at Pinewood Studios in London.

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Indiana Jones 5 set photos tease time travel plot for Harrison Ford after statue spotted?

Some 13 years after the release of the last outing and Indiana Jones 5 has begun shooting in the north of England. Harrison Ford, who turns 79 next month, was spotted back in his iconic costume for the Lucasfilm blockbuster that co-stars Mads Mikkelsen. The final film in the franchise’s title remains under wraps, although Steven Spielberg – who has stepped back from directing to produce – has previously confirmed the action takes place in the 1960s.

This would make a lot of sense since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took place in 1957.

Set photos from the fifth movie have been popping up all over the internet, including Nazi vehicles that could imply a flashback to World War II.

After all, a stuntman was spotted wearing a mask of what appeared to be a younger Harrison Ford.

While another snap included a train with a swastika on it, which had a potentially very interesting statue pictured nearby.

IJ Adventure Outpost, who posted one of the earliest set photos of Ford back in his Indy costume, also comment on that statue prop.

The sculpture included the head of a man with curly hair, a beard and a moustache.

The Twitter account wrote: “On first picture left up is in the wood construct a statue that looks like Chronos…. Story revealed?”

According to Greek mythology, Chronos is the personification of time and also the father of Zeus.

Even if that sounds too outlandish, we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something to do with controlling time involved in the plot, especially if that statue is indeed Chronos.

Heck, if the Moon Landing’s involved maybe those aliens from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are back?

Indiana Jones 5 will be directed by Logan’s James Mangold, while John Williams returns to compose the film’s score.

Additionally, Phoebe-Waller Bridge will co-star opposite Ford in an unknown role.

Back in 2019, Express.co.uk asked John Rhy-Davies, who played Sallah in the first and third movies, if he will feature in Indiana Jones 5.

After admitting he turned down a cameo in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wedding scene, the actor said: “Well I keep sending signals that I’d love to be [involved in Indiana Jones 5] but I’m not on the mailing list at the moment. And I’ve got an idea that perhaps I’m not quite as politically correct enough to survive in it anymore. 

“And that’s for a number of reasons, adding to which Sallah is no longer a believable character given the history of the Arab world and the West since we did the first one.”

Indiana Jones 5 hits cinemas on July 28, 2022.

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Indiana Jones 5 set photos: First look at Harrison Ford, 78, back in his iconic costume

After years of delays, the still-untitled Indiana Jones 5 has finally begun its shoot in the north of England. The Lucasfilm production has been filming in North Yorkshire and at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. And now the first look at Harrison Ford back in his iconic costume, for the first time in 14 years, has arrived in the first lot of set photos.

IJ Adventures Outpost have shared photos of Harrison Ford wearing that all too familiar hat and coat.

The 78-year-old was pictured masked up next to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

She’s worked as a producer on all four previous Indiana Jones movies alongside her husband Frank Marshall.

Aside from the castle, Indiana Jones 5 has been shooting what appears to be a World War II-era scene.

A stuntman was captured in set photos riding a motorbike and wearing a mask of what appeared to be Ford’s younger face.

While World War II-era Nazi military vehicles like tanks, cars and a train have been spotted too.

At the start of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, set in 1957, Indy’s impressive war record was mentioned.

Since the original trilogy took place in the 1930s, fans never got to see him in action during the Second World War.

Since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was set in 1957, it would indeed make sense for the fifth film to take place in the late 1960s around the Moon Landing.

Plus, the fourth film introduced aliens to the franchise so it wouldn’t surprising if they’ll be back, especially if the new movie takes Indy into Space.

Speaking with Collider last month, Mads teased: “I’m very, very excited about it…”

The Danish star said how he recently rewatched 1981’s Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Mads continued: “It is so well-done and so charming, and it’s such great storytelling. So yes. it’s a great honour to be part of that franchise that I grew up with…

“I’m in a lucky position where they let me read the script before. And yes, it was everything I wished it to be, so that was just great.”

The fifth Indy film co-stars Phoebe-Waller Bridge and is directed by Logan’s James Mangold, while Steven Spielberg will be a hands-on producer.

Indiana Jones 5 is set for release in cinemas on July 28, 2022.

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Harrison Ford spotted filming latest blockbuster in Yorkshire

Hollywood A-lister Harrison Ford is thought to be filming his latest blockbuster in a sleepy North Yorkshire village

The unlikely location of Grosmont, near Pickering, is thought to be part of the setting for the new Indiana Jones movie.

Filming is taking place on the North York Moors Railway, with locals spotting props including tanks, a guard tower and a steam train dressed in the colours of 1940s German railways, as well as Nazi uniforms.

Indiana Jones 5 has started filming in the UK at Pinewood and at other locations in the UK.

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No official statement has been released about the production, which is the second major Hollywood filming contract that the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has secured this year, reports The Gazette and Herald.

In April Tom Cruise shot action scenes for the latest Mission:Impossible film on a section of the North York Moors Railway.

However, filming was suspended after a member of the crew tested positive for Covid.

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The Ford F-150 Lightning Is the Electric Vehicle of Dystopia

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to a stage in 2019 to unveil the company’s all-electric Cybertruck pickup, observers were shocked, and that’s putting it mildly. The look was, as one industrial designer told WIRED at the time, “anti-humanistic,” a ride devised, seemingly, for a Mad Max future. Despite his role as the mascot for zero-emission vehicles, Musk is not always sanguine about humanity’s future on Earth—hence all the Mars stuff—so the truck’s unorthodox design made some sense.

But the real EV of dystopia may be a new pickup. Ford on Wednesday unveiled the F-150 Lightning, a relatively inexpensive electric version of the most popular vehicle in America. Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, cast the event in historic terms, calling it “a watershed moment for our industry.” The 64-year-old executive got a bit reflective too. This truck, he said, “will fulfill our promise to our children and our grandchildren that our generation is committed to leaving them a cleaner planet.”

So it’s likely no accident that the vehicle’s first bit of marketing touches, however obliquely, on surviving a climate-changed Earth. It will be the first electric vehicle, the company says, to serve as a “battery on wheels.” Ford says the extended battery in the more expensive version of the electric F-150 will be able to power a blacked-out home for three days. Potential users will likely have to pay to install a home integration system, price to be determined. During the rollout event, CEO Jim Farley cited recent ice storms in Texas, which have been blamed in part on climate change and which stunted the state’s electric grid for five days, as a reason to pony up for the Lightning.

In this strange way, it may be the Lightning that’s more prepared for our slow, horrifying descent into climate chaos.

Experts have said for years that electrifying America’s vehicles will be a critical part of combating climate change. In the US, the transportation sector is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and the majority of those come from the tailpipes of passenger cars and trucks. For this reason, governments offer subsidies and tax credits to encourage people to buy electric vehicles. Still, the decisions come down to individual consumers. Will consumers want a battery on wheels?

Ford added some practical touches to broaden the appeal. The truck’s more expensive versions come with 11 AC outlets, a nice perk if you want to plug in power tools while on the road. The truck also has a remarkably spacious “frunk”—that is, front trunk, the space where an internal-combustion engine would go on a gas-powered vehicle—which drivers can use to store valuables they’re not comfortable leaving in the bed. Research conducted by the consulting firm BCG (and funded by Ford) found that, of the 17 million F-series trucks on US roads today, between one-quarter and one-third are used for commercial purposes. If this truck is going to be a success, its power-generating features will need to appeal to people who use it for work.

Pickups attract many types of drivers. It’s “a Swiss Army knife kind of vehicle,” says Gil Tal, who studies travel behavior at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “Some people use it to go buy milk at a supermarket, some people take it on long off-road trips, and some people use it for work.” An electric pickup can’t be a pickup for everyone, he says, and more traditional buyers won’t necessarily cotton to a new technology right away. “This is a starting point,” he says.

Being able to pump 9.6 Kw of power into your home is what Costa Samaras, a professor who studies energy policy at Carnegie Mellon, calls “an add-on.” “It’s a luxury that someone might use once every two years,” he says. But the vehicle’s ability to power homes, as well as tools, might be the sort of feature that will attract even the previously EV-incurious, he says. Americans might not be interested in buying products for climate resilience per se. But demand for in-home generators in Texas has reached an all-time high since the February ice storms. People like to be prepared. That could be electric vehicles’—and Ford’s—gain.


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Ford recalls nearly 617,000 U.S. Explorer SUVs

Ford recalls nearly 617,000 U.S. Explorer SUVs© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ford logo is pictured at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE:) Co is recalling nearly 617,00 Explorer sport utility vehicles in the United States at the request of regulators because retention pins could loosen and allow roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle.

The recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles. Dealers will install push-pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers, as necessary. The second largest U.S. automaker said in documents posted Sunday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in April had requested Ford conduct a safety recall after first inquiring about the issue in early 2020 following 11 reports of roof rail cover detachment.

Ford in November approved a onetime repair extended coverage action for 10 years or 150,000 miles to address the issue.

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Ford says chip shortage to halve second-quarter vehicle output, but could ease this summer

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Ford says chip shortage to halve second-quarter vehicle output, but could ease this summer© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley walks to speak at a news conference at the Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan

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DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE:) Co on Wednesday said it expects a global semiconductor shortage could ease this summer but may not be fully resolved until 2022, as the automaker reported a strong first-quarter profit but said the shortage may slash second-quarter production by half.

Ford said the ongoing chip shortage would cost it about $ 2.5 billion and about 1.1 million units of lost production in 2021.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker handily beat Wall Street’s profit estimate for the quarter, earning 81 cents a share, compared with the consensus 21 cents, according to Refinitiv IBES data. In last year’s first quarter, the company lost 50 cents a share.

Ford shares were down 2.9% in after-hours trade on Wednesday.

Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley told analysts: “There are more whitewater moments ahead for us that we have to navigate. The semiconductor shortage and the impact to production will get worse before it gets better. In fact, we believe our second quarter will be the trough for this year.”

Chief Financial Officer John Lawler said Ford’s outlook was driven largely by a factory fire suffered by Japanese chipmaker Renesas. The flow of chips from Renesas is expected to be restored in July, but the global shortage of automotive semiconductors may not be fully resolved until next year, Lawler said.

Ford said its net income of $ 3.3 billion was the best since 2011, and adjusted pre-tax profit was a record $ 4.8 billion, including a $ 900 million non-cash gain on its investment in Rivian, the electric vehicle start-up. Ford lost $ 2.0 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

The company said the chip shortage will slash full-year earnings before interest and taxes to $ 5.5 billion-$ 6.5 billion.

In February, CFO Lawler said the company was on course to earn $ 8 billion to $ 9 billion in adjusted EBIT.

Revenue in the quarter increased to $ 36.2 billion, from $ 34.3 billion a year earlier.

Ford was able to offset some of the impact of lost production in this year’s quarter by boosting the average transaction price per vehicle sold to nearly $ 48,000, compared with just over $ 44,000 a year ago, according to research firm Edmunds.com.

Ford dealers were able to command higher prices because of chip-induced shortages of popular models, such as the best-selling F-150 pickup.

Lawler said Ford in the future may stick with leaner inventories of F-150 and other models “because it’s a better way to run our business.”

Overseas, Ford reported revenue in Europe up 13% to $ 7.1 billion, and $ 341 million in pre-tax profit, reversing a year-ago loss.

Revenue climbed 39% to $ 800 million in China, where Ford narrowed its loss to $ 15 million, compared with a loss of $ 241 million a year earlier.

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