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In this excerpt from our archives, Golden Globe nominee and Cecil B. deMille recipient Harrison Ford explains how he became an actor - by way of fear and carpentry.
"I was a philosophy major in college, which prepares you to do nothing but teach philosophy or write. I had done a couple of plays. I was looking for something that was challenging and would provide me with a variety of experiences.
When I first went on stage I was frightened to death, so I was interested in overcoming that fear. Later I became fascinated with the process of working with a group of people. If I had known then how difficult it was to get a job as an actor, I might have tried something else.
I worked as a carpenter only because I was doing the same part over and over again on episodic television. I wanted to begin to control my own career, so I found another way of making money to pay for food and rent. I wanted to be able to choose from among the parts that were offered to me.
I do not hide behind a character. I pretty much use myself but I don't rewrite the role in terms of myself. I try to play the character. I don't became so immersed in the part that, if you were to talk to me after the camera stopped rolling, I would still be in character.
I would rather play something written for Dustin Hoffman or another star than what is written for me. I don't think a character should be written to serve an actor. He should be created both by the screenwriter and the actor to serve the story."