The new ‘Indiana Jones’ movie de-ages Harrison Ford. He found it ‘a little spooky’ when making his first sequel, and believes in the power of dreams to change lives.
“I was just as happy as I’d been [in the last movie] when I finished it and got on the plane in Dallas to go back to London,” Harrison Ford tells Esquire.
His ‘Indiana Jones’ sequel, tentatively titled The Descendants of Indiana Jones, will be released in the US on July 27. The first film came out in the US in 1995 and made $5.27bn at the box office. ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was the highest-grossing movie ever made in the US, while ‘E.T.’ was the highest-grossing movie ever in the UK.
The new ‘Indiana Jones’ film follows Indiana Jones (Ford), now working for the CIA, as he tries to rescue his kidnapped niece and niece’s brother from a hostile Middle Eastern government.
“It’s a little spooky because it’s all real people,” Ford tells Esquire from his home in Los Angeles. “It’s real characters, real action sequences, real people who are being taken hostage by the bad guys.”
Ford says he felt that he wanted to make the new ‘Indiana Jones’ film because he felt he wanted to make “a great story”.
“In fact, the reason I made ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was because ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was not a great story,” he explains. “It was a great movie, but it was not a great story. I thought that the story of the original ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was fantastic, and the idea of making a sequel to that was a very exciting idea.”
“I don’t want to do things that I haven’t tried before,” he later adds. “I don’t think it should be just an obvious thing for me to do. I don’t think I have the talent to do it.”
However, he doesn’t think the new ‘Indiana Jones’ film will break any records. “I don’t think it’s going to break any records because there are not as many good movies as there have been,” he says. “They’re just all sequels to other movies. ‘E.T.’ was the last good movie I did.