‘I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!’: Harrison Ford insists he has no plans to retire and admits he had been waiting ‘years’ to return to the Indiana Jones franchise
Harrison Ford has insisted he has no plans to retire as he discussed his return to Indiana Jones for the franchise’s final ever movie.
The American actor, 80, returned to the role of the daredevil archaeologist for new movie The Dial Of Destiny, 15 years after he last portrayed the character on-screen.
Harrison appeared on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine to discuss the film, and was asked whether he had thought about retiring after the final Indiana Jones epic.
However, speaking to Ria Hebden, Harrison batted away claims that he was thinking about retirement as he insisted he has no plans to stop acting anytime soon.
Laughing, the Hollywood legend said: ‘Retired? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.’
Retiring? Harrison Ford has insisted he has no plans to retire as he discussed his return to Indiana Jones for the franchise’s final ever movie
Return: The American actor, 80, returned to the role of the daredevil archaeologist for new movie The Dial Of Destiny, 15 years after he last portrayed the character on-screen
Harrison admitted he liked ‘going to work every day’ while filming the last ever Indiana Jones film, which also starred Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
He said he was over-the-moon to be given the chance to step back into Indiana’s shoes as he confessed he had been waiting for the movie’s script for ‘years’.
Speaking of the decision to do this final movie 15 years since the last Indiana film, he explained: ‘It’s been 40 years since the beginning and I’d been waiting for this script and opportunity to come along for quite a few years.
‘And we finally came up with the right mix of adventure and character and emotion and so I was thrilled to be able to step back into this character. ‘
Speaking about returning to the project, he said: ‘It was a big job of work and a very ambitious film and I was delighted with the script.’
‘It was fun to go to work every day,’ he added.
Harrison also described working with Phoebe, 37, as ‘brilliant’ as he described her acting talent as ‘cinema-gold’.
He said: ‘She brought incredible intelligence to the character that she plays – I mean actress intelligence. She’s really cinema gold. She’s a brilliant actress and was a brilliant companion.’
Harrison also lauded praise on Ke Huy Quan – the child star who rose to fame playing his sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – and won an Oscar earlier this year for the film, Everything Everywhere All At Once.
He said: ‘He has an amazing constitution and energy. It’s so great to see him back in this form. He’s genuinely a unique person and he’s worked so long in the business, and to have this great success.’
Working hard: Speaking to Ria Hebden on Lorraine, Harrison batted away claims that he was thinking about retirement as he insisted he has no plans to stop acting anytime soon
Gushing: Harrison also described working with Phoebe, 37, as ‘brilliant’ as he described her acting talent as ‘cinema-gold’
Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny is the fifth and final film of the beloved franchise created by legendary director George Lucas.
Harrison last played Indiana Jones aka Henry Jones Jr in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull starring Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.
The latest movie hit is set in the year 1969, following Ford’s Indiana Jones set against the backdrop of the American ‘space race.’
Franchise newcomer Phoebe joins the sequel as the globe-trotting archaeologist’s goddaughter Helena Shaw, along with Mads Mikkelsen as villain Jurgen Voller, an ex-Nazi who now works for NASA, and Toby Jones as Basil Shaw, an ally of Jones.
Other newcomers include Antonio Banderas as Renaldo, a friend of Indy, Thomas Kretschmann as Colonel Weber, Toby Jones as Basil Shaw and Boyd Holbrook as Klaber.