Harrison Ford Shined at Cannes Flashback Fest

May 19, 2023

1985 Harrison Ford attended the film festival to promote Peter Weir’s crime thriller. He played a police investigator assigned to protect an Amish mother and her child. The festival screened Peter Weir’s film.

On May 18, 2023, US actor Harrison Ford (R) reacts next to Cannes Film Festival General Delegate Thierry Fremaux as he stands on stage before being awarded. Honorary Palme d’Or before the screening of the film Indiana Jones. And the Dial of Destiny during the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in southern France. (Photo courtesy of Valery HACHE / AFP)

When Disney reveals Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny at Cannes in an out-of-competition slot this year, Harrison Ford will don the iconic leather jacket and fedora he wears as the daring archaeologist Indiana Jones.

This is the sixth time Harrison Ford has performed the role of Indiana Jones. The film, directed by James Mangold and premiered at the same festival. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes 15 years after the earlier picture.

This year’s festival will honor Ford with a special homage. But he admits he never expected Indy or Han Solo to have such enduring popularity. In 1985, at Cannes, Ford promoted Peter Weir’s crime thriller Witness, where he portrayed a police detective assigned to protect an Amish lady and her child. Showcasing his interest in diverse roles beyond blockbusters. In the film, he played a police detective called upon to protect the Amish woman and her son.

Calista Flockhart left, and Harrison Ford posed for photographers upon arrival. The film ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny premiere at the 76th international film festival. Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

However, when he met with the British journalist Barry Norman, Norman was more interested in talking about the three Star Wars pictures Ford had directed. And the two Indiana Jones movies that Ford directed.

When asked if he had ever experienced feelings of being overwhelmed by all of their spectacular effects and action beats, Ford skirted the question by saying, If I'm overwhelmed by the special effects, it's a judgment that the film is out of control. The human element of the narrative is missing.
Ford said that even though it's always been my ambition to do different sorts of films, play different characters, he will not be participating in another installment of the Star Wars franchise. That chapter in my life has come to a close. In addition, he went on to say, We're due to make one more Indiana Jones film, and I think that will be enough.  The path of history, of course, took a different turn.


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