Harrison Ford Sneaked into a Preview of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and …

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‘Star Wars’ fans fail to spot Harrison Ford in audience during ‘The Force Awakens’ preview screening.

Star Wars fans in Australia failed to spot Harrison Ford walking in to the cinema as they were treated to a ten-minute preview of The Force Awakens yesterday.The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode – from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal”) to the franchise’s unwavering popularity (“For me, it’s old news”). “The new, young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyaga were well-cast, well-directed and are huge talents,” he said, his gritty voice lifting, during a recent interview.Footage of actor Harrison Ford reacting to praise by Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump for his patriotic performance in the film “Air Force One” has gone viral. “I love Harrison Ford — and not just because he rents my properties.

Still, when he got the call about reprising his role as Han Solo in he grabbed his blaster and hopped back next to Chewbacca in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon without hesitation. He stood up for America,” the billionaire real estate mogul and GOP presidential frontrunner recently told The New York Times of Ford’s character. Written by his old chief of staff, it makes for revealing reading — but most interesting of all is what it can teach us about the surprising rise of Donald Trump.

The iconic character, who hasn’t been seen on screen since celebrating the fall of the Galactic Empire in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, serves as an unlikely mentor to scavenger Rey, defector Finn, and pilot Poe Dameron as they take on masked adversary Kylo Ren and his minions. —foxnews Weiland passed away in his sleep while on tour in Bloomington, Minnesota with his band The Wildabouts early last week – with police later finding cocaine in his room. Rob Ford — the mayor who was filmed smoking crack cocaine in a drug-dealer’s house — obstinately refused to admit he had a drug problem and refused to stand down from office.

Mary claims that Scott was not actively involved in his kids’ lives, insisting that his well-publicised struggle with addiction made him “a paranoid man”. —digitalspy The singer, who’s been in the road for what seems like forever in support of his multi-million selling second album X, told Australian radio station Nova that he’ll be undergoing a graft to repair his ruptured eardrum in the new year when he returns home to Britain. —music Journalists were getting such good mileage out of the story that bidding wars broke out for the video footage, and Gawker nearly ended up paying drug-dealing extortionists $200,000 for the exclusive rights.

The general public too were either laughing too hard to be properly outraged, or they were fighting with all their might to keep him in office despite the fact he was smoking crack. Even then, given the success that surrounded the release of the first movie, this is a level of excitement and, it’s fair to say, merchandising genius, that I have not seen before.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. And although he is currently undergoing chemotherapy for tumours attached to his bladder, he has previously made his intentions to run for mayor again when the next election rolls around clear, all things being well. And if I appear to be having too good a time from time to time, it’s because I don’t know how to stay up late and because the [late-night talk show] hosts are really good at what they do.

You might think it would be impossible for a man who was caught smoking crack in office to ever be re-elected as a mayor but despite everything Rob Ford is still incredibly popular. For a long time, it seemed like you felt detached from “Star Wars” and all the insanity around it and fought on some level against how associated you were with Han Solo. But if we spend all our time talking about me in the past, we’ll never get to talk about this movie. [pauses] I was never comfortable with talking about it. But rather than speculate about Ford’s chances in a Canadian municipal election in three years’ time, why don’t we apply the observations made in Uncontrollable and see how they compare to a slightly more pressing car-crash: The one that’s running for office south of the border. As recent polling has shown, Trump — far from burning out the way pundits suggested he would — continues to pull ahead in the Republican primaries.

Every day when Ford was a councillor (which he was for a decade before becoming mayor) he would leave the house with wads of paper in his hand, all filled to the edges with phone numbers. But this was very ambitious — correctly ambitious in every sense. [Director] ] is a hard-working, highly skilled filmmaker. [Co-writer] Larry Kasdan is back to give us access to the tablets that came down off the mountain, as it were. I’m both very happy for them and I hope that they’ll be as happy for themselves once they get it all figured out. [laughs] Because it takes a while.

Yeah, I mean, you dress up in those clothes and you look over your shoulder and there’s a guy in a dog suit and you kind of remember what the drill is. But there were also some interesting new aspects to the character given the passage of time, and they figured out some very interesting things for us to do. Back when he was representing Ward 2 in Etobicoke North, Rob Ford would often — without consultation or deliberation — put forward unusual sounding motions to the local council for voting. He would place the same motions before the council again and again, year after year — lots of it stuff that was routinely mocked — and would be voted down 44-1 in hundreds of instances. Watching them lose their minds, seeing people weeping when you say “Chewie, we’re home” in the trailer — has it hit you in a different way what “Star Wars” means to people?

And I have to put that down to the fact that these films have been passed down through families to succeeding generations — and there have been a couple. And so there’s this broad awareness, this cultural — and I mean this to be in quotations — “significance.” There’s this community experience that is the reference for this enthusiasm. No, I just don’t trust old airplanes that much anymore. [laughs] Other than that, in the words of my philosopher friend Jimmy Buffett, [expletive] happens. With a bit of selective massaging, what had started out looking like an aimless, bloody-minded fist-swinging now began to take shape as keen political foresight — and Rob Ford looked positively clairvoyant.

Trump hasn’t been involved in local politics before, but he has been giving his unrequested (and often unpopular) political opinions on Twitter for about the same length of time. A lot of his early material is just a load of honking about Kenyan birth certificates — but, like a heckler who got a decent response for his first interruption, he has kept at it. Each circumstance is different according to the people involved, the temperature of the world you’re releasing the film into, your own affinity for the material, where you are in the breadth of your capacity to be useful. They’ll hate the Affordable Care Act; they’ll think he’s been too soft on immigrants; some may even genuinely think he’s a Kenyan Muslim dead set on bringing about the destruction of the decadent West. They pride themselves on their brash, forthright style and they don’t much care for patronising eggheads with their Ivy League credentials and their $10 words.

When Rob Ford was on the campaign trail, and the debates and discussions got too airy-fairy, he had no qualms about mouthing, from the stage, the words “What the fuck did he say?” to his aides in the wings. He’d address similar comments to the audience directly, saying “I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what he just said” after his opponents finished speaking. Trump, too, is celebrated in certain quarters for being ‘refreshingly un-PC’, for ‘telling it how it is’, for ‘speaking his mind’ — even when his mind is, say, describing Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, or comparing his competitor Ben Carson to a child molester, or calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the US.

For where most politicos will offer forth meaningless and mealy-mouthed cliché when asked to defend dodgy behaviour, Ford and Trump just continue to bulldoze. With a joke about Rosie O’Donnell that was met with the sort of stadium-wide laughter and whooping that Chris Rock would get at the end of a set (and then a sly threat of social blackmail at Megan Kelly). But what they seem to know — instinctively — is that while people might dislike you for being duplicitous, they will truly resent you if you force them to crack out their dictionary.

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