Movies Harrison Ford’s Indy Interest Remains As Sharp As A Bullwhip written by John Bierly August 6, 2013 He may not wear a cape, but Indiana Jones has certainly earned his place in our Modern Mythology. And though Harrison Ford gets awkward when you ask him about his inevitable participation as Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” he’s ever ready to talk about his itch to keep cracking Indy’s whip. He tells The Telegraph, “We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time, and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened, and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.” Ford just summed up what I always loved best about many of his most iconic characters. When Han or Indy or Jack Ryan go into a fight, it’s not with extreme confidence. There’s that look of terror when the other guy is bigger or younger, and the ensuing battle becomes even more involving because the hero’s no more certain he’ll walk away from it with his face and bones intact than we are. Ford continues with a really lovely sentiment about the power of movies: “I have always looked at movies as a job, as something that was challenging and interesting for me to do, and I have always hoped that movies would continue to be useful to the culture, because that gives me work. But there’s now wonderful writing being done for television, and I don’t know if everything’s going to go the way of television now. But I still think the best thing for us all is to be in a dark room together with a big screen and a great sound system and see something that we walk away from feeling emotionally more human and more connected. I don’t know if that happens on the television level as much, so I hope that movies continue to be a part of our culture and that we can continue to invest in movies.” I may be a little weepy after that. I didn’t mind “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” so much; I love all the stuff with flying saucer mania and the nuclear age in the first half of it, though the second half kind of devolves into a generic jungle adventure that’s nowhere near the level of its predecessors. What mattered most, though, was that Ford showed up for duty and gave it his all. If he’s got more he’d like to give, I’ll never not welcome that with open arms. Not to mention the fact that Steven Spielberg just exited “American Sniper,” which could allow Ford to step right off the deck of the Millennium Falcon and into a fedora if Mr. Spielberg thought it was a good idea, too. It would be 1980 all over again, and I’d love it. I’ll leave you with a (hilariously one-sided) conversation I recently overheard between two little boys at the grocery store. KID 1: “Hey! Do you know who plays Indiana Jones?!” KID 2: [silence] KID 1: “Harrison Ford!” KID 2: [silence] KID 1: “And do you know what else?” KID 2: [silence] KID 1: “HAN SOLO!” What do you think? Would you welcome another adventure of cinema’s most awesome archaeologist? And let’s hope that “Star Wars” announcement happens soon. I’m getting antsy. Harrison Ford’s Indy Interest Remains As Sharp As A Bullwhip was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by John Bierly Related Indiana Jones 6 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest John Bierly previous post New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Poster next post Bruce Willis Out, Harrison Ford In For ‘Expendables 3’ You may also like New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Poster March 12, 2014 Warner Bros. And J.K. Rowling Find FANTASTIC... September 12, 2013 IMAX Goes “Behind The Frame” With THE... 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But as long as Shia Le-whatever the hell his goofy name is, isn’t in it, Harry, I’ll be there! DZS heck yeah.bring on more dr. jones.since the last was what,more 50s 60s period and staying with fords age mayb make it late 60s early 70s spy stuff with nazis like the boys from brazil. stock Oh and I do agree, John, Ford is one of the best actors at expressing extreme pain and fear ever. The end of Blade Runner is another great example. Naes “Raiders” might be the closest thing to a perfect action movie that exists. I think they pulled the plug on the series way too soon and resurrected waaay too late. They should have continued with a few more Indy movies after “Last Crusade”. Think about it. He could have fought the Italian Fascists in Ethiopia looking for King Solomon’s mine, the Japanese in Mongolia looking for Ghengis Khan’s tomb, and then the Nazis one last time. Then in about 1996 we could have said “You know, Ford may be getting too old for this role. But at least he made 6 awesome movies.” Instead, it’s: “He way too old for Crystal Skull in 2007 (which sucked) and way, way too old for Indy 5 in 2015.” Ford is in his 70s. I really think they should think about recasting the role or letting it go. Charlie I’d love to see one more Indiana Jones. While I don’t hate KOTC, it certainly wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be and I don’t think there’s much debating the fact that it could have and should have been better. I’d like to see them give it one more shot and hopefully end the series on a better note. Just don’t bring back Shia Labeuf.