It was a hot August day when Cinematical stepped foot on the set of this summer's 'Cowboys & Aliens.' Production was set up about an hour's drive from our hotel, out in the middle of Nowhere, New Mexico, at a place referred to as Plaza Blanca. As we lathered up in an awfully sticky combo of suntan lotion and bug spray, the unit publicist encouraged our small group to shift over to the side as a man in a cowboy hat raced up a dirt path in a golf cart that was going way faster than it was ever meant to travel. "Oh, that's just Harrison," the publicist noted as one of Hollywood's most iconic actors shot past us like a bat out of hell. "He likes to travel around set at 70mph."
That's not all we'd learn about Harrison Ford on this visit. For example, Ford, who was staying at a ranch nearby, also traveled to and from the set each day via his own private helicopter (that he flew). Word had it that he would give one lucky castmember a lift at the end of each day. This afternoon it was Paul Dano's turn, and he was as giddy as someone who was about to travel home via a helicopter flown by Han Solo himself.
Ford and Dano are just part of a larger ensemble cast that also includes Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell, among others. Due out July 29th, 'Cowboys & Aliens' follows a fearless group of Cowboys in 1800s Arizona who team up with a set of rival Indians to defend themselves and their land when a batch of menacing aliens attack. You've seen the trailer and images, so here are 10 things we learned from the set that should get you excited for one of this summer's biggest blockbusters.