The phrase “cult of celebrity” didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s not uncommon for people to worship celebrities they way they worship deities. One such celebrity is megastar actor Harrison Ford, who has starred in films like “American Graffiti,” “Air Force One,” and the “Indiana Jones” trilogy.
But it’s Ford’s most iconic role, Han Solo in the first three “Star Wars” movies, that has him at the center of a celeb-worship story. “Star Wars” devotees who claim to practice Jedi-ism (based on, and named for, the group at the heart of the films’ mythology) consider Ford their real-life leader.
This phenomenon is hardly new: last year, a poll of Brits found that “Jedi” was the fourth most popular belief system in the country. Ford, however, is not amused. He has complained that Jedi-ism practitioners camp outside his ranch in rural Wyoming and pray for him. “It’s flattering,” he says, “but I can’t accept their prayers.”
Might I suggest camping out in front of Mark Hamill’s house? Something tells me he wouldn’t be as reticent to have the attention.