Harrison Ford finished with Star Wars, but feels good returning to old roles

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Lucas Siegel
Sep 13, 2017

SPOILER WARNING: Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers below!

Harrison Ford has hit a renaissance in his acting career. Thanks to the right combination of nostalgia, Hollywood's penchant for revisiting old properties, and his unwavering ability to pick up where he left off with a character (even after 30 years), Ford is suddenly once again in demand for high-profile blockbusters. He's returned as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He'll next be seen as Deckard in Blade Runner 2049, and he's signed on to visit Indiana Jones once more, as well.

In a wide-spanning interview with GQ, Ford talked about returning to these properties, which he's now so well known for. The interview is full of his usual bluntness, a forthright nature that has been well-observed by the media for years. It also paints a picture of a man whose love of acting has outstripped any individual character, despite his willingness to go back to them. In fact, the Indiana Jones 5 script came in to him while he was doing the interview, and he hopes to film it mid-late 2018.

When it comes to Star Wars, Ford "was surprised" anyone would want him back. Because Han Solo would meet his end in the movie, though, he agreed to be a part of it. It wasn't a necessity, Ford said, "but it was, you know, an interesting development of the character."

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As for that death, well, it is science fiction, as was pointed out to the actor. But he said, simply, "I mean, I'm finished with Star Wars if Star Wars is finished with me." While sci-fi tropes do allow the dead to be not quite dead, he feels he's closed that particular book.

"I'd rather not [return again]. You know, at this point I'd rather do something else. Just because it's more interesting to do something new," Ford explained.

In a supplementary video interview, Ford said he was asked if he had the intention of rebooting every successful franchise he'd ever done. "You bet your ass I have," he said dryly. "It feels good, it feels really good," he said of returning to the roles -- or rather that people want him to return to them. He'll watch a little bit of his old films when they come on, but not much, because they make him feel old. "I'm a little sentimental, but I'm not nostalgic."

Check out the full interview at the link above -- and look how ridiculously good this 75-year-old legend looks.