the american graffiti

“Harrison Ford was a carpenter who became an actor” IS NOT TRUE. 

He was an actor who did carpentry on the side, like some actors tend bar, to earn money when he couldn’t get acting jobs. He wasn’t a carpenter who they spotted and turned into an actor. He wouldn’t have read the other actors during the casting of Star Wars if he couldn’t act. He’d already been in American Graffiti and The Conversation, for Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, as well as lots of TV guest shots, before Star Wars.

Also Mark Hamill had done dozens of TV guest shots, a soap, and was in a prime time series (and would have been in Eight is Enough except for the car wreck) before Star Wars. It wasn’t his first role either. It was his first live action movie.

Carrie Fisher had done one movie before Star Wars (Shampoo) but she’d been in her mother’s stage act and was in drama school.

(this has been a public service announcement)


Neon Signs In Film 

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

American Graffiti (1973)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Clueless (1995)

The Birdcage (1996) 

The Doors (1991)

Psycho (1960)

Blade Runner (1982)

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

YEMEN. Sana’a. February 2017. A message on a wall in the Yemeni capital. An attack last month by a Navy SEAL team led to the deaths of a American commando and more than a dozen civilians. This week, Yemen told the United States it could no longer run antiterrorism operations there.

Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters