- Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones for the last time in James Mangold's "The Dial of Destiny" which will be in theaters on June 28.
- Although not a cinephile, he still loves as much.
- He assumes his 80 springs because aging does not scare him.
He is a modest and emotional man who agreed to confide in 20 Minutes. With his amazing black socks (he was known for more colorful choices) and his cold humor (he pretends to kick in touch before opening his heart), this great man of 80 spring returned to the Palme d'or of honor received just before the screening of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny by James Mangold, Thursday night in Cannes. The next day his voice broke again to describe this experience as "indescribable".
Why were you so moved when you received the Palme d'Or d'honneur?
Wouldn't you have been? It reminded me of so many things and then I felt so much love from the audience that it upset me even more than I could have imagined. Tonight, this festival and this film mark an end for me. I couldn't imagine a better conclusion.
What reason made you want to end the Indiana Jones saga?
Are you kidding? You have it in front of you, reason and I have it every morning in front of my mirror. I am old and this is not a problem for me. I love old age because I'm not afraid of it. I was happy when I was young and I am happy now that I am old! There is not a penny of nostalgia in me.
Saying "goodbye" to Indy, doesn't that make you sad?
I don't say "goodbye" to Indiana Jones, I say "goodbye" which doesn't make me sad since I do it on my own agenda. I had very specific ideas about what I wanted. I wanted the viewer to see what this brilliantly youthful man has become in his middle age where he has lost so much.
I wanted his age to be approached head-on without it becoming a source of vulgar or easy humor. Indiana Jones has become fragile. That's why Indy wears underwear at the very beginning of the film. He shows himself as a turtle without a shell, before rebuilding himself for the last time thanks to a woman he did not expect to meet.
Why did you choose to meet a strong young woman in Indiana Jones?
There have always been some in movies, if only the one played by Karen Allen in the first and fourth parts. The one played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge makes Indy live a different relationship with a woman, a relationship that is not based on a physical attraction that their age difference would have made misplaced. The relationships between the two characters make it possible to offer beautiful moments of emotion in the film, more than in the previous ones. Director James Mangold was able to hatch them in the heart of the action.
Did you feel so much emotion when you said "goodbye" to the character of Han Solo, one of the heroes of "Star Wars"?
I could tell you yes and make up a lot of to justify my answer, but I'd rather let you invent it yourself. Being an actor is a job for me. I don't follow my characters and I don't intellectualize my roles. I came across at the right time roles that suited me and that pleased the public.
We parted ways when it was time, which allows me to keep beautiful memories while continuing on something else like the Shrinking series. I'm lucky to still be able to work at my age. I still love my job.
Do you have a hero who inspired you as much as Indiana Jones made his fans dream?
Not really because I've never been to the movies much. And I still don't go there very often. If I had to name something that struck me on the big screen, it would be a film: Of Silence and Shadows by Robert Mulligan. It is by letting myself be carried away by this work that evokes Good and Evil that I understood the strength of cinema. It gives us incredible power to defend ideas.
Now, more than ever, it brings people together in a common experience as the world is increasingly torn apart by the pursuit of profit. Its unifying side is one of the things that make it wonderful.
- Cannes Film Festival
- Harrison Ford
- Indiana Jones