Being an entertainment blogger has had me interviewing some pretty amazing people. When I found out I was interviewing Harrison Ford and not only that, but he would be the FIRST interview of the day I can honestly say I was a wee bit nervous. I mean this was Harrison bleeping Ford people! Going into an interview you always hope for the best. Sometimes you have a preconceived notion of how it will go and sometimes those expectation are completely shattered and you have your socks rocked off. Let’s put it this way. Harrison Ford is everything you would expect him to be and more. He is simply put an old school movie star. One thing I have to convey is how soft spoken he was. He made you lean forward in your seat in anticipation for every quote. He was regal. He was handsome. He was all that AND a bag of chips. He was HARRISON FORD. PLUS, when we got up to do a group photo he casually asked us, “Are we doing shoulders?” Naturally we all looked around like we knew what he was talking about it. Then he demonstrated: it was basically turning sideways and leaning in with your shoulders. Then he even had us do, “Other shoulders.” It was Epic. Check out the interview below:
Q: What it was like to come back into the Legacy thirty years later?
Harrison: It was familiar. Same thing only different. I was there in service of a script that I thought was very good. Sort of road map for the Character that I thought was worth coming back to with a Director whose work I admired and who I knew from a previous Film twenty five years ago. It was an all together attractive prospect. If we were trying to do exactly the same thing..If I died my hair and pretended that 30 years had not gone by, I would be much less comfortable. This acknowledges the reality of the passage of time. It deals with the question of what happened while I was off stage for 30 years. It deals with it in a really smart way. If it were not for the fact that these Films have been passed on by Parents to their Children at at an appropriate juncture in their lives and that Generations have thus been introduced to me, I probably would have a much different career. So I’m very grateful for the fact that these were Family Films that been passed on as though there were some nugget of useful information or at least Entertainment in them and recognizing their value to the Audience gives them significance to me.
It’s great to be back with Mark and Carrie. I spent a little time with them and Peter Mayhew and a lot of the crew. Some of the older members of the crew have worked on the earlier films. But more often than that, there were Sons and Daughters of the people who worked on the original Film now are still in the same Craft Business and were back to work with us. And I was back in England. I haven’t made a Film in England, since the last Indiana Jones Movie which we tended to do there, as well. It was fun to be back in England. The food has gotten a lot better.
Q: In your opinion, what is the most appealing thing to Star Wars fans?
Harrison: The breadth of the imagination that’s involved in these Films. The strength and worthiness of the Mythology that underpins them, the questions that it generates in our minds about our own responsibilities, our own behaviors. All of that plus, whiz and bang and flash and music and good stuff.
Q: When you read the first Star Wars script did you have any concept of the Legacy that it would become?
Harrison: No, No. You’d be locked up, if you came to that conclusion. In the context of making that first film, I did recognize both the utility of my Character to the telling of the story and there might be, you know, somewhere in this there might be some really strong elements that people would relate to. What I recognized was that I didn’t know much about Science Fiction, I didn’t care much about Science Fiction at that time and probably still don’t although I find it gives us the chance to explore places and things that we haven’t seen before and that’s cool. What I recognized was that there is a kind of Fairy Tale structure in the Characters in the story. I’d seen Grimm Fairy Tales that have lasted for the last 400 years. So that was a strength that I recognized and when you have a beautiful Princess and a callow Youth and a wise old Warrior and then me, it was easy to figure out my place in that structure.
Q: Was it hard to get back into the mindset after so many years or was it second nature?
Harrison: No, you put on those clothes. You know, you turn around and see that guy in the Chewbacca Suit. You know what the drill is. I have walked more than a mile in those shoes and it was a familiar path. I was happy to be back.
Q: Was there anything in the old Movies or new Movies like your own lines and things like that that was at all scripted?
Harrison: Every word was written in stone. Look it was a collaborative process and collaboration is not one person’s unilateral decision. It’s a matter of agreement. If it’s in the Movie, J.J. agreed with it when we shot it. Alot of the process of Film making is problem solving, is saying this is not working, is it? How can we fix this? I love that part about it. There’s a kind of urgency to try to keep the ball rolling, doing the right thing, because time is limited that there are a lot of people standing around waiting for you to get it right. All of those things, that’s a compelling atmosphere in which to work. I love that. I don’t feel a sense of ownership or pride about these things. So I can’t remember what’s mine or what good idea came from the Grip?
Harrison: Really? I just think there’s a lot of people here. Go ahead, I’ll make much shorter answers. Yes, from now on.
Q: This might be a long question. What take away do you have or what do you want the new Generation to take away from Star Wars?
Harrison: Their choice.
Q: What was the most challenging part of the process for this Movie?
Harrison: There wasn’t any. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I love doing it. I had a wonderful Director. The hardest process is when you and the people you’re working with don’t see eye to eye. We see eye to eye. It was a luxury. One more.
Q: Do you have any props that you’ve kept over the years that are yours?
Harrison: I bought my horse, uh, the horse I rode and the one that, uh, what’s that English guy that plays Bond? I bought my horse and Daniel Craig’s horse from “Cowboys and Aliens” I still have mine.
As you can tell he was simply magnificent and I can’t wait to catch an advanced press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week!! Before you go. Here is the pic of us and Harrison doing “shoulders”. It’s going to be one of my photo moves from this point on. If Harrison Ford does it then it must be cool.
***Disclosure: I attended the #StarWarsEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***