Harrison Ford has told Sky News that playing a character that spans generations has been a “benefit” to his career.
The star returns like Indiana Jones for the fifth and final time in Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny.
Speaking at the film’s UK premiere, he explained how special the role was to him.
“There aren’t too many roles that someone plays for that long,” he admits.
“I mean, it’s kind of silly, we’ve been doing this for 42 years. But I think the reason for that is because these are family movies and they’re passed down from generation to generation. young people when their parents feel it is the right time.
“And that brought me, this movie, and these characters to a new generation of [audiences] And that’s a boon to my career.”
The film hits theaters on Wednesday – and, as a Disney propertywill come to Disney Plus in the future.
But Ford don’t want people to wait – and hopefully most people will experience it in the cinema before watching it on TV.
“I want people to go to the theater and see this movie — at least for the first time,” he said.
“A place far away from their lives where they can enjoy a wonderful experience with strangers because it just removes the difference when we see the same thing and feel the same thing.
“Without conflict, it’s a way to feel your common humanity and let your child experience with people you’re not angry or afraid of.”
‘It makes sense’
For franchisees, the opportunity – and privilege – to work on Ford’s last “Indi” won’t be lost on them.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays the archeologist’s goddaughter, told Sky News: “The whole experience was really fascinating.
“And even when we do crazy fun from time to time, we realize that this is the last adventure he will be on.
“It means a lot, and I think clearly how much it means to Harrison – we’ve all been on that journey with him, so it’s been a real privilege.”
While Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the villain in the film, said that during filming, there were some moments that left everyone feeling a little tearful.
He explained: “When he hung up his hat, we were all very emotional.
“We were all there for the last shot, the last scene, and so we clapped and, as humble as he was, he just wanted to leave, he just wanted to get out of there.
“But a big part of him wants to be there for a thousand years, too, so that’s pretty cool.”
While there’s no doubt Ford will be leaving the franchise, there still seems to be a question mark over whether this is really the last we’ll hear from Indiana Jones.
The Adventurer certainly has form to return – 1989’s Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade even had the word “final” in the title, but it still wasn’t the final movie.
With Waller-Bridge’s character having such an important role in this new film, she seems like an obvious choice to be able to move the films forward.
But the actress herself is not so sure.
“Oh no, I took this movie because I wanted to be in THIS movie,” she said.
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny hits UK theaters on Wednesday
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