As 80-Year-Old Hollywood Superstar Takes ‘One Last Ride’ in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, His Persistent Fondness for Horse Riding Is Clearly Evident

Published 06/25/2023, 5:00 PM EDT

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Harrison Ford is nearing his 81st birthday on July 12, and the Hollywood heartthrob is showing no signs of slowing down at all. He has delivered numerous iconic characters over the years from Han Solo in Star Wars to Agent Rick Deckard in Blade Runner. However, the role that he is most renowned for is of an adventurer and archaeologist Indiana Jones. Ford has done 4 movies in the franchise so far and is soon to star in its 5th installment, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. One of his recurring acts in the Indiana Jones movies is riding a horse while chasing the goons. He does it again in this upcoming movie too.

Harrison Ford has ridden many a horse in his career, some even memorable ones. In the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, he is riding a horse again in the middle of a street, as seen in the trailer. The legendary actor is extremely fond of horse riding, kind of like an equestrian, and didn’t want to miss out on his one “last ride”.

Putting horse riding scenes of Indiana Jones also lends authenticity to the character


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Harrison Ford has done 4 Indiana Jones movies so far, all of them directed by auteur Steven Speilberg. This is the first time the project in the franchise will be helmed by Logan director James Mangold. As a Collider article once broke down the “Behind the Scenes” of making the movie, Harrison Ford’s love of horse riding is clearly evident in it.


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While the article also delved into deeper details about how the production unit got every detail meticulously accurate to the original franchise, not much detail was revealed on Ford and his horses. However, a week after the Collider article came out, Harrison Ford did an interview for Esquire, where he talked about his favorite horse among other things.

Harrison Ford’s favorite horse


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Harrison Ford said that his favorite horse was a gelding called ‘Hurricane’, and it was during the shooting of the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Ford said about Hurricane to Esquire, “Hurricane was a fantastic horse. I could ride him right up to a tank and I’d stuff a rock in the cannon, he was dead solid”. As he revisited the scenes with Hurricane in the film, Ford got nostalgic during the interview.

The Last Crusade was the 3rd Indiana Jones movie in the franchise. It was shot in Spain, and Ford even wanted to adopt the Spanish stallion. But the complications of international travel made him reconsider. Horses have been intricately associated with the character since the first movie. In the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford is seen riding another horse while he is chasing a military vehicle. Such is love for the activity, he made sure that fans get to see him one last time riding a horse in the next film.


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Tanmay Roy is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing in his coverage of the Olympics and other major American sporting events. His passion for sports was ignited by the early achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe. As a writer for EssentiallySports, Tanmay's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks, showcasing his ability to craft engaging and thought-provoking stories.
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