If the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies had come out now, would they be better or worse? Harrison Ford has some pretty strong feelings on the subject.
This much we cannot deny — the advent of online fandom and the Internet in general has forever changed the way we consume our media. And that's not a one-way street conversation. The making of books, films, television, comics ... everything has changed because of the Internet. The debate for whether that is for the better or for the worse rages on, but one man doesn't like what he sees -- Harrison Ford.
He, for one, would not have wanted Star Wars and Indiana Jones to have come out now. While out promoting his latest film, Paranoia, he said, "Everyone would be ahead of it, and everyone would know what it was, and it would be no fun at all."
He's referring, we assume, to spoiler culture and the way we market big-budget movies piece by piece until, by the time the flick's in theaters, people already know most of the twists and turns.
But Ford didn't stop there. He had some choice words for the people who market the films, too, especially at big events like Comic-Con, calling the whole affair "another form of engagement ... based on the partnerships between the fans and the service providers, the entities -- I won't necessarily call them filmmakers — that supply the film product that supports their particular interest, whether it's vampires or science-fiction fantasies or Transformers or whatever is going on."
Yikes. And was that Tranformers bit a stab at Shia LaBeouf? We already know Ford isn't exactly a fan.
To finish off, Ford also shared his apprehension concerning the way we consume movies -- through iPads.
"People went to movie theaters. It was a community experience, and that was part of the fun. Now people see a movie on their iPad, alone, with interruptions for snacks."
That's true. Well, partly true. People do still go to the movies, just not quite with the same frequency as they once did.
And, yes, if you spend the majority of your time on the Internet, jumping from tab to tab, reading a piece of an article here, watching a clip of something there, you might find you have a shorter attention span than you used to. That makes just sitting and watching a movie for about two hours trickier — the temptation to sneak away for a minute to do something else is always there. And, oh, so tempting!
Harrison Ford could very well be right — the moviegoing experience could be worse now than it used to be. Or maybe things are just changing. Only time will tell.
See you at the movies. Maybe.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)