What Happened When Frank Died: Harrison Ford

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“Frank died.”

He looked down at his slashed wrists and sighed an unconvincing sigh before closing his eyes, again.

“Cut!” someone cried. “God dammit!”

Harrison Ford opened his eyes. He stood up, head aching.

A young woman came running up with a towel. Harrison Ford wrapped it around himself and stepped out of the tub. The woman who’d brought him the towel took out some gauze-wrap and spun it around his wrists.

“So we don’t have to redo the make-up,” she told him. He nodded, he was tired. It was a minute later when he realized the director had been talking to him for some time.

“What?” he turned.

The director–glasses off, glowered at him. “You are supposed to be lost–beyond lost, you found out your son was tortured and murdered! Tortured Harrison!”

Harrison Ford nodded, “mhm”

“Mhm–to torture, he says, for fucks sake.”

Harrison Ford refocused, some Samaritan soul put a coffee in his hand.

“Focus!”

“I’m focused.”

“Okay–so your son–gone, dead, boo-hoo, your wife killed herself– boo hoo and,”

“The boo-hoos aren’t really helping with the emotional connect…” Harrison Ford said, sipping his coffee.

The director’s face went red. “You–” he took a breath, “I won’t be provoked. You know what I mean, your family is gone, you blame yourself. You’re killing yourself in the hopes of following them into the afterlife.”

Harrison Ford held up his hand. “Yeah, about that, no one seems to be able to tell me what this afterlife is going to be?”

“Because we don’t know yet,” the director growled.

Harrison Ford whistled. “Meta,” he said.

“It’s not meta!” The director cried.

Harrison Ford shrugged. “It’s a little meta.”

The director threw his hat on the ground. “It isn’t fucking meta! They are doing rewrites!”

Harrison Ford drank his coffee, slowly. The director composed himself. He picked up the hat, brushing a bit on his leg.

“Look,” he breathed, “it’s the first damn day of shooting, this whole project is a mess. The only thing we are certain about is that Frank died blaming himself for his family’s death. What comes after it, I don’t know–we’ll find out just–”

“How me–”

“Don’t you dare say meta! Just get in the damn tub and get this scene shot, we’ll get the rest of this mess sorted tomorrow–God will it.”

Harrison Ford shrugged. He finished his coffee and placed it on an empty chair. The woman came back over and started unwrapping his wrists.

“Coffee helped?” she asked, noting his smile.

He nodded. “Yes, quite.”

 

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7 comments

  1. What a great idea: WHWFD will be an adventure movie !!!!! Flash, This was an amusing number with keen dialoge.A heavy fortune for Harrisson Ford, to engage in the afterlife emotionally. “We do not know yet” … this “yet” irritates me something .. afterlife will be part of the film but they have rewrite this part? Flash what did you write, that it do not fit in an hollywood-film?
    And what is “Meta?” … Hopefully they get the crap sorted tomorrow. I will be the biggest fan of book and film! ingenious!

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    • Meta is when something is being self referential. So they are making a film about the afterlife but don’t know what comes next which is exactly how real life is. And the story is itself referencing the idea that there are multiple afterlives in the Frank stories and there is no clear idea which one it is and I have no idea which one it is. So it’s a bit of a joke, on a joke–on a joke. It’s meant to be a bit absurd and annoying because often the whole concept of ‘meta’ is a bit absurd and pretentious.

      (I responded to V.M. with the same thing. I hope it’s clear—er)

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    • there are some things who are really smart and could be taken for using in everybody´s life. “The boo-hoos aren’t really helping with the emotional connect…” “Yeah, about that, no one seems to be able to tell me what this afterlife is going to be?” So the moan does not help, and no one can know what life is, or at all in the future), you can not believe. You can only believe it.
      The director is quite pissed off, but Harrisson does not seem to get anything out of his mind.

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  2. Meta is when something is being self referential. So they are making a film about the afterlife but don’t know what comes next which is exactly how real life is. And the story is itself referencing the idea that there are multiple afterlives in the Frank stories and there is no clear idea which one it is and I have no idea which one it is. So it’s a bit of a joke, on a joke–on a joke. It’s meant to be a bit absurd and annoying because often the whole concept of ‘meta’ is a bit absurd and pretentious.

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