Harrison Ford: “I’m not afraid of the passage of time”

Harrison Ford is about to turn 81 years old. The actor has been nominated several times for the Golden Globes and was the winner of the Cecil B. DeMille award in 2002 and has starred in some of the most important films of the past 20th century, “Blade Runner”, the “Star Wars” saga , “The Mosquito Coast”, “The fugitive, Frantic”, “The devils own”, “Air Force One” and the whole story of “Indiana Jones”, among many others.

Ford has just premiered “Indiana Jones and the dial of destiny” at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and that is where we have spoken with him about his role as Henry Walton Jones Jr., an archeology professor better known by his nickname ” Indiana Jones” or “Indy”, which searches for objects of historical significance. This story can be seen in Dominican theaters from June 29.

– You are saying goodbye to one of your most iconic characters.

No, it’s not goodbye, it’s more like – good to see you, have a great day. I haven’t had that feeling making this movie, with her we’ve come full circle, we’ve always had that ambition since we started with this character. A very physical character, based on him from his passionate youth. Forty years have passed and now we need to adjust the story to accommodate the character at his age. But let’s face it, we’re going to use your story and the relationships you’ve often had in the past, with some temporary fixes, except with Karen and her son, because this relationship was final to being a whole person, it’s not simple. Physical attraction, although it could, but you have to take into account the age difference, huh?

– Does it seem like an inappropriate relationship?

Could be. In any case, the story that was written for Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a true emotional force, and, on the other hand, we already brought it from other films, but not so tasty. I always wanted to make this movie, because we didn’t turn the corner with this character until now. I am very happy that we had the opportunity to do it.

What was it like creating that chemistry with Phoebe Waller-Bridge?

Don’t think that just anyone creates chemistry, I’m not a scientist, but I can tell you that, basically, it was about understanding each other viscerally. We first met in James Mangold’s office and I don’t know if he had definitely decided if she was going to be the female lead. I had seen her work, I had felt her presence cross the screen and I thought: -I want her to be the actress in this film if we can get her. Two people who had the same idea in two different places and it was a great choice. There is something very concrete in Phoebe’s performance, she brings a grace to different emotional situations that we had not had. And that has been a great advantage.

What does he bring new to the character, to the whole Indiana Jones experience?

James is a passionate filmmaker, he has very clear and strong ideas and Steven (Spielberg) graciously handed him the reins. And James took it upon himself to develop a story that he connected emotionally with the previous ones. Steven was very generous and has been a constant presence in the film, as in all the others. James acknowledges that he learned a lot from watching the previous films in the saga, I think we all did. Also, Steven didn’t expect to be imitated or repeated, he wanted all the passion of James Mangold and the script he wrote opened the same doors and some new ones.

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– One of the themes of the film is the passage of time, what is the relationship of Indiana and yourself with this theme?

I don’t think about it, sorry. I’m not worried about age, I enjoy what I have and what I experience, I’m not afraid of the passage of time, I know it’s there and I want it to be. I don’t want to think about that, of course, that I didn’t want to make a movie either. It’s a joke about being old. From time to time we can decide not to think about any of that, that’s right.

– From time to time one is tempted to kick against the easy way of talking about age. I think your film talks about that in a useful and daring way.

There is a transition from the initial stage, when I wake up in an apartment and I don’t know why I’m naked and it’s because I drank a lot before going to sleep. And there’s a lot of history in this moment, a glimpse of pain that is poignant, I wanted to be vulnerable, not layered like a turtle, I wanted everyone to see it without a shell, without the armor of youth, someone broken. And how we rebuild our relationship with someone we couldn’t protect.

– I would like to know what you like the most, what you are going to miss the most about Indiana from now on.

No, the challenges are in every movie. You meet different people, you do different things, you live different lives. That is the joy of this job. You can’t do the same thing every time.

Who was your Indiana Jones when you were little, what inspired you to make movies?

There is not a moment that I can remember or identify a movie that directly relates to Indiana Jones. I don’t go to the movies all I want. I work in the cinema and sometimes I miss the best movies just because I’m doing other things. To Kill a Mockingbird was the first film that made me understand the power we have to combine great words and beautiful images and that there are people willing to take advantage of that opportunity. That was fundamental to understanding life. But he didn’t think of a movie when he had to discern between good and evil. I grew up in a non-religious family, my mother was Jewish and my father was Catholic and I was raised a Democrat thank God.I am looking for something to help us differentiate between good and bad behavior. And that’s why To Kill a Mockingbird strikes me as the kind of movie that brings people together. And it takes a lot of energy to separate us, to denigrate other people’s experiences and it’s a fucking nightmare that we have to heal from. And part of the cure is the human experience of bringing people back to theaters to see good stories that express the best of humanity.

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