Which Harrison Ford will show up here Thursday for the “red carpet” roll out of the new Jackie Robinson movie 42?
Will it be the one who played Han Solo in Star Wars? The one who played Rick Deckard in Blade Runner? Or perhaps the party boy who played himself in the pages of the National Enquirer and other tabloid media while in Wichita?
The town, not the movie.
It was a nice, round dozen years ago when Ford, pictured looking totally toasted in the Enquirer, comfortably ensconced himself among a passel of strippers at a Wichita gentlemen’s club called Passions.
Ford, who likes to fly his own planes, has been known to frequent Wichita on aero shopping adventures. He was a spry 58 then (70 now), when London’s Daily Mail shocked even the Shockers with this tawdry tale:
“Looking a little the worse for wear, Harrison Ford stumbles out of the back door of a seedy strip joint,” it begins. “In the traumatic aftermath of his marriage break-up, the actor had spent hours trawling dimly lit clubs and bars, downing vodka and watching naked dancers.
“His sleazy night out came only days after the multi-millionaire revealed he was splitting up from his wife of 17 years, 49-year-old Melissa Mathison.”
“The actions of the Indiana Jones star bore all the hallmarks of a mid-life crisis as he copes without his long-time partner. Waitresses told how Ford insisted he was ‘Tom the meat processor‘ as he handed out cash to strippers and sat in front of the stage in what dancers have dubbed ‘perverts row.’ ”
For what it’s worth, the “meat processor” may not be in KC long enough tomorrow to locate our “perverts row,” since red carpet events here tend to be both rare and fleeting.
Ford and other cast members will attend a Negro Leagues museum benefit screening of the movie at AMC’s Barry Woods theater up north at 8 p.m., with a “red carpet arrival” slated to commence at 5:30 p.m.
Ford’s alleged romp in Shockerville was something to behold, according to both the photos run in the Enquirer and some of the girls who feted him.
“Melyssa Liberty, 25, a waitress at the Pleasures club in Wichita, Kansas, was stunned when he walked in,” the Mail reports.
“‘A lot of the girls didn’t believe it was really Harrison Ford and he wouldn’t let on if they asked,’ she said. ‘I told him straight off when I served him: ‘You know who you look like? Harrison Ford.’ He just smiled at his friend. He ordered vodka on the rocks and I served him six or seven drinks in just an hour. But two more girls, Dusty and Mercedes, went back to sit with them at the table.”
“One stripper said: ‘You have to wonder why a guy worth millions of dollars and with what seemed to be a happy family life would wind up handing out five and ten dollar bills to naked women in a Kansas strip club.’
“Ford was seen leaving Pleasures earlier this month in the pictures which emerged last night. The actor was then driven to another strip joint in the town of Derby, ten miles away.”
Come to think of it, Bazooka’s isn’t that far away from Barry Woods…