Anne Heche remains in critical condition following her early 2022 crash. Heche crashed into a house in Los Angeles, sparking a fire that burned the house and the actor. A statement from her spokesperson refuted earlier reports claiming she was in stable condition. The statement read:
“She has always remained in critical condition, slipping into a coma following the accident. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is currently being treated at the Grossman Burn Center.”
Reports state Anne is under investigation for a hit and run and misdemeanor DUI.
Heche considered Harrison Ford a hero for casting her as other studios shunned her
Anne Heche’s appearance alongside Harrison Ford in the 1998 rom-com Six Days, Seven Nights might not have happened without Ford’s intervention.
Heche claimed she almost lost her part in the film after opening up about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Anne went against advice from friends and Ellen by bringing the comedian as her date to the Volcano premiere. Heche told Entertainment Tonight that the decision negatively affected her career:
“I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years.”
The filmmakers of Six Days, Seven Nights told Anne she would lose the role if she took Ellen to the premiere. However, Ford called and assured her she would play Robin in the film. Heche said:
“He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with. We’re gonna make the best romantic comedy there is, and I’ll see ya on the set. He’s one of my heroes. He fought a battle for me, and I would be on any desert island with him any day. He’s an extraordinary human being.”
Anne got the part thanks to Ford but had to settle for a reduced payday. She said on the Trading Secrets with Jason Tartick podcast:
“I think for Six Days, Seven Nights, I made $125,000 for four months of shooting. And Harrison made – and I know this because I used to make fun of him – He made $20 million and 12 points on the first dollar made on the movie.”
Heche’s numbers are likely inaccurate, but the pay gap between the stars’ salaries was huge. Nevertheless, she held no grudge against Harrison and reiterated she considers him a hero:
“I just want to say this and the reason why I feel comfortable saying this for anybody who is listening, Harrison Ford truly is my hero. I have done an honoring to him because the truth of the matter is that I owe him my public life.”
“I owe him the opportunity to still be speaking on this level. It’s not that I wouldn’t have kept becoming and being the advocate that I am. But the platform that it gave me that — I mean, when you say ‘talk about things that are worth it’ — is worth so many more millions of dollars than anything that I could have made.”