Harrison Ford opens up about plane crash on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

by Randee Dawn /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Harrison Ford showed up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night in the silly spirit of the season — that is, in costume — but he had serious matters to talk about.

Specifically, his small plane crash on March 5, in which he landed "battered but OK" according to his son, in a vintage World War II training plane he'd been piloting. He took the plane down on a California golf course.

But as Kimmel learned, he doesn't remember much about the whole ordeal.

"I remember some of it. I remember the engine stopping. I remember that part very well," said Ford, who is 73. "And then I remember telling the tower what I was going to do and I remember their suggestion. Their suggestion was that I take the normal route to land and I knew I wasn't going to do that, so I said 'No.' And that's the last thing I remember until five days afterward, actually. I'm told by the doctors that the amount of general anesthetic I got induced a retrograde amnesia."

An airplane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice California
Harrison Ford's airplane after landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California on March 5.Reuters

Which is something that happens a lot in the movies, Kimmel (who was also in costume as "Star Wars" character Princess Leia) noted.

"This was not a movie," said Ford, deadpanning. After all, it is hard to be too serious when you're dressed up as a hot dog. Or rather, a dog dressed up as a hot dog, as Ford explained.

Dressed as a hot dog, Actor Harrison Ford recounts the harrowing details of a recent plane crash he was in
Hot dog Harrison Ford.ABC

So when he landed on the golf course, did he yell "fore"? Kimmel wanted to know.

"For-d!" quipped the actor.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters on Dec. 18.

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