As the internet loses its $#!% about D23 providing no new insight into Star Wars Episode VII, past (and future?) Star Wars star Harrison Ford recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the good old days and why he’s concerned that in the modern day, his two biggest hits, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, might not have become the successes they were in the 80s.
So what’s Ford’s beef? Well, like the old curmudgeon he kind of is now, Ford blames the internet and the rapid fan boy culture that chews up every new project, digests it, and leaves the remnants in bag on the front porch on fire. Or something like that. While talking about his new film Paranoia, and it kind of sounds like Ford has caught it, the actor talked about the reasons why Wars and Jones wouldn’t catch fire the same way they did back in the day.
“Everyone would be ahead of it, and everyone would know what it was, and it would be no fun at all,” he said.
Next up, Ford took on big events like Comic Con, which he called “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.”
So I guess Ford’s not a fan of his movie son’s most accomplished work. I guess that’s payback for some of Shia LaBeouf’s negative comments about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Before wrapping, Ford added that the other part of the problem is that people don’t see movies the way they used to, or the way they’re supposed to. “People went to movie theaters,” said Ford. “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.”
I know Ford sounds like the angry old man yelling at the kids for running on his front lawn, but I think there’s something to his argument, or at least a bigger conversation that can be had. Is it possible that one of the reason Pacific Rim wasn’t the hit people thought it would be was because we knew too much about the film going in, and there was never a moment where the first people who saw the film ran home and told all of their fans about this great new movie they had to see? It’s hard to miss a $50 million ad campaign.
Anyway, what do you Bastards think of Ford’s comments?