(Warning: This post contains spoilers related to the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Reverse mortgages have had their share of celebrity spokespeople pitching the benefits and various uses of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) to the TV-watching masses. They’ve even been ribbed by others like President Obama, David Spade, and now Harrison Ford.
Ford appeared as a guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, a week ahead of the DVD release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Kimmel and Ford mostly chatted about Star Wars and Ford’s recent decision to star in the fifth “Indiana Jones” film. Much of the conversation between the two centered on the role of Han Solo— played by Ford since the franchise’s first installment Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
Sworn to secrecy about divulging any insider info on the forthcoming chapters in the Star Wars saga, Ford, when asked about his continued participation in the franchise mimed a lips-are-sealed lock-and-key motion before finally deflecting Kimmel’s question with his own question.
“Do you know how much money you can make selling reverse mortgages?” Ford told Kimmel. “You have no idea—It’s a goldmine.”
This video contains spoilers related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Ford was recently named the U.S. box office’s highest-grossing actor of all time, earning $4.71 billion throughout the course of his iconic film career, which included franchise mega roles such as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
It is likely Ford doesn’t need the extra income that comes with being the next spokesman for reverse mortgages. But at 73, he does fit into the age group most likely to have a reverse mortgage, at least according to a recent study from the University of Georgia, which reported adults ages 68-79 had a 78% likelihood of having have a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.
Written by Jason Oliva