What do the original Star Wars trilogy, The Fugitive, and the Indiana Jones franchise all have in common? A real deal heroic guy played the hero in all of those great movies, that's what. As the Hollywood Reporter reported, Harrison Ford helped a driver whose car veered off the road in Santa Paula, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 20. According to THR, the car went down an embankment off of Route 126 around noon, and that’s when Ford sprung into action.
Eyewitnesses told TMZ that “Ford was driving behind her when she lost control and crashed into an embankment off the freeway. He pulled over and rushed to the woman's aide, as did other bystanders, to get her safely out of the vehicle while paramedics arrived.” The driver was reportedly “transported with minor injuries," according to TMZ.
First of all, it goes without saying that it's unfortunate that this accident happened at all. It goes without saying that it's a relief to hear that the driver is relatively OK, but hey, said both things anyway. A speedy recovery to her. Also? Sorry to keep on stating the obvious, but a good celebrity doing good is, well, good. Same goes for all of the bystanders who assisted the driver. Given the current news cycle, it really is a relief to cling to that good. Of course, this doesn’t fix all of the other stuff that's going on in the world, but it's a welcome change of pace.
This valiant act wasn’t a one-off for Ford; the silver screen icon has saved a lot of people in the real world. In 2000, he helicoptered two hikers off Table Mountain when altitude sickness rendered one unable to get down on her own, reported ABC News. The next year, he hopped into his helicopter again to rescue a Boy Scout who had gone missing near Yellowstone National Park, according to CBS News. And just this past September, he took it upon himself to direct cars when a traffic jam gummed up the Midtown Tunnel, reported TMZ. That time around, he didn’t use his chopper to solve the issue at hand. Instead, he climbed out of his vehicle and stood in the middle of the busy Manhattan street and gave instructions to other cars until things got moving again.
Ford has proven time and time again that he is not one to sit idly by when there’s a problem. He'll leap to a stranger's aid faster than you can say, “Snakes.... Why'd it have to be snakes?”
Like Dr. Henry Jones Jr., Ford is serious about saving the day. And that, dear reader, isn't the only thing he is in common with the character. Guess who also happens to be part of the archaeology community? Never forget that Ford was elected to the Board of Directors of the Archaeological Institute of America in 2008. Furthermore, he was awarded the AIA's first Bandelier Award for "raising public awareness of archaeology through his on-screen work in the Indiana Jones film series."
Oh, and he can pilot planes, which is a skill that Indy might include on his own résumé. Also? According to CBS, when Ford rescued the Boy Scout almost two decades ago, he said, “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one.” If that isn’t a total Indiana Jones response, then the Cross of Coronado doesn’t belong in a museum.
Wait a second. Has… has Ford actually been Indiana Jones this whole time?
Oh, wait. Unlike Indy, Ford is not the least bit afraid of slithering, legless creatures. When asked about the hissing reptiles in a Reddit AMA back in 2014, Ford said, "I actually like snakes!" So uh, it's safe to conclude that he is not actually Dr. Jones. Never mind, but hooray for people helping people in their time of need.