Many Harrison Ford fans will know that the Han Solo star was a carpenter before he starred in George Lucas’s trilogy, but few realise that he helped to build Sergio Mendes’s studio, wearing little more than a smile.
Mendes made for a very merry Christmas by posting this 1970 photograph of himself with a 28-year-old Ford and other helping hands on December 23.
The Brazilian musician captioned the image on Facebook: “The Force Awakens! Before Han Solo, there was a great carpenter named Harrison Ford. And here he is, with his crew, the day he finished building my recording studio back in 1970…Thank you Harrison…may the force be with you…”
He then added, “Merry Christmas to all!”Ford, who is pictured on the right-hand side of the photograph in a baker boy hat, worked as a carpenter in between acting roles. The photograph was taken seven years before the release of the first Star Wars film.
“The Force Awakens”! Before Han Solo, there was a great carpenter named Harrison Ford. And here he is, with his crew, … Posted by Sergio Mendes on Wednesday, 23 December 2015
He explained during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit a year ago: “I had helped George Lucas audition other actors for the principle parts, and with no expectation or indication that I might be considered for the part of Han, I was quite surprised when I was offered the part.
“My principle job at the time was carpentry, I had been under contract as an actor at Columbia and Universal. I had a house at the time I wanted to remodel, a bit of the wreck of a house. I’d invest money in tools but wouldn’t have money for materials, so I realised this was another way of putting food on the table. And allowing me to pick and choose from the acting jobs that were being offered at the time.”
Lucas had previously worked with Ford on American Graffiti.
A shirtless Harrison Ford built a studio for Sergio Mendes in 1970 – The Telegraph