Harrison Ford takes on his final portrayal as the adventurous fedora-wearing hero in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023). Having played this iconic role for the five-film franchise for over 40 years, Ford declares his official retirement from the character.
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Ford wanted to see “a completion of the five films.” He added, “I wanted to see the weight of life on him. I wanted to see him require reinvention. I wanted him to have a relationship that wasn’t a flirty movie relationship.”
Ford’s statement refers to the character played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who portrays the spirited goddaughter of Indiana Jones. Waller-Bridge, too, expressed her delight in portraying a character who goes beyond the typical damsel in distress.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) (director James Mangold) is one of the most talked-about premieres at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This film marks Ford’s return to the festival since his last appearance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
The new Indiana Jones movie sees the archeologist Dr. Jones in a race against time to retrieve a legendary artifact that holds power to change history. Along with his goddaughter, they face off against Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi who works for NASA. The story takes Indiana Jones back in time, which sees Ford look like he did a few decades ago thanks to digital de-aging technology.
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De-Aging Harrison Ford
“It’s not Photoshop magic. That’s what I looked like 35 years ago,” Ford said. “I think it was used very skillfully. I’m very happy with it.”
One journalist covering Ford at the Cannes Film Festival said she didn’t need a younger Ford to buy a ticket. She told Ford that she thinks he’s still “very hot” even at 80 and enjoyed a scene in the movie where he removed his shirt.
“Look,” he said while feigning surprise. “I’ve been blessed with this body. Thanks for noticing.”
Harrison Ford at Cannes
During the Thursday night premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) at the Palais, Harrison Ford was warmly welcomed by a star-studded reception, with thousands of fans chanting his name outside. At the same time, the audience inside the theater showered him with applause. Additionally, he was honored with a tribute award to celebrate his illustrious Hollywood career, spanning from blockbuster hits like Star Wars and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) to notable films such as The Fugitive (1993) and Witness (1985).
The new Indiana Jones movie will hit theaters on June 30, 2023. It will be interesting to see if its success will be reflected by changing Disney attractions in theme parks such as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
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