Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones thought The Fugitive would end their careers

The Fugitive is a 1993 thriller film about an obsessed detective and an inmate

By Melanie Aiden July 31, 2023
Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones believed The Fugitive would end their careers
Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones believed The Fugitive would end their careers

Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones had their own share of reservations regarding the box office success of their 1993 film, The Fugitives.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jones recalled thinking that the thriller will fail at the box office taking his career down with him.

"I remember being in the giant basement of that hotel, surrounded by hanging bags of laundry. I was standing there speaking out to Harrison’s character," he shared. "And there was nothing there except big bags of laundry. And I remember thinking in the back of my mind, ‘I’ll never work again. This is never going to work."

"’And the best thing I can do is be as clear, concise, and coherent as possible, deliver these lines as cleanly and dutifully as possible, and maybe I’ll get another job one day, somewhere down the line.’"

Jones ended up winning an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film, making it its only win out of seven nominations.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Jones star also echoed Jones’ scepticism over the film’s success. According to co-star Daniel Roebuck, "Harrison Ford said in front of me when we were in the water, so I can attest that he said it. He goes, ‘Oh, man, this is going to be my Hudson Hawk,’" referring to the Razzie-winning flick starring Bruce Willis.

Despite having a budget of only $44 million, The Fugitive went on to earn $368.9 million at the box office, smashing several records on the way.