THINK: Ah, finally, the mysterious Mr. Harrison Ford.
FORD: Come, come, Ray… we just met not too long ago.
THINK: True, but you’re full of surprises and my readers want to learn from the horse’s mouth, so-to-speak, what’s true and what’s been fabricated.
FORD: Well, if this is the case, shall I repeat what the others said?
THINK: It never fails… I mean your sense of humour.
FORD: Yes, it comes as a surprise to many because I look so serious.
THINK: Perhaps people take you too seriously, not imagining that the you may be a good clown, or comic as well.
FORD: Now I know that you know what I have to put up with all my life. Here I was minding my own business as a carpenter, and before I knew it they can’t have enough of me. Very awkward indeed.
THINK: Now to the business of you having taken quite a risk departing from that established Harrison Ford image… you know, the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchise, The Devil’s Own , The Fugitive , not to mention Air Force One .
FORD: I know what you mean, but I also did Working Girl , which was kind of a comedy. With What Lies Beneath I was taken by this unusual story and I realised that there were a lot of ways in which I related to and understood this character and the background of his marriage.
Besides, I always wanted to work with Michelle Pfeiffer and [director] Bob Zemeckis. And the fact that the character was so much away from people’s expectations and what I had projected until then – that seemed a bonus.
THINK: This is why actors search for different type of roles in order not to be typecast.
FORD: True. This is what motivates us to search for other types of characters than those that made us popular. The more you dwell with different roles and characters, the better you get as an actor. On the other hand, it’s not only art or craftsmanship, it is also a business – show business – and we have to accept that.
THINK: But does it really all depend on luck and good looks?
FORD: Well, it’s the luck of working with really talented people who understand the process, the audience, and this leads to good jobs. I’ve been very lucky to work with lots of very talented people.
THINK: In the film What Lies Beneath you are a bit of Humphrey Bogart and a bit of…
FORD: No, no! I don’t even go there. I’m like myself, that’s it.
THINK: In other words, better looking, taller, more romantic and very sexy, don’t recoil, it’s the girls who try to convince me that this is how they see, perceive and feel you.
FORD: I understand romantic. I even agree. But feel?
THINK: This film deals also with ghosts. Do you believe in ghosts?
FORD: Certainly, not…
THINK: Not even in the paranormal?
FORD: Nope. I don’t believe in the paranormal either. You know, people have different sensitivities. I think we know so little about the power and capacity of the human mind and how it works and reacts to different stimuli.
The brain is not completely understood, but I think there is the power of suggestion and it can cause people to manifest things that help them understand and explain what’s going on around them.
THINK: Real or virtual?
THINK: Many Actors tell me that when they come out of a dense, dramatic role, it takes them days to come down. When a sequence is finished, are you capable of liberating yourself from a role and enjoying the rest of the day?
FORD: What I may take home with me is either joy, or a bitter feeling that I didn’t enjoy my performance so much. You see, I’m not into the judgment business and I try to get along with everybody, especially with myself. I try to stay within the parameters of my skin and not fantasise…
THINK: Tell me, what is the best line, or best thing, a woman has ever said to you?
FORD: Ray, really now. My gosh. I mean, I don’t remember.
THINK: Can’t remember? A top actor who has memorised hundreds if not thousand of lines?
FORD: It’s the end of the day to start making up stuff. Okay, okay, you want to know what the best thing a woman said to me, right?
FORD: In one word: Yes.
THINK: How do you feel about the American Film institute selecting you for the Life Achievement Award? Or even the other awards you’ve received through the years? You seem a bit uneasy about them?
FORD: Well, silly as it may seem, though I’m very grateful and appreciate them, I feel terribly awkward about giving speeches. Isn’t that silly?
THINK: I hope you don’t mind me asking about your flying accident.
FORD: Well that’s it. It was a mechanical failure, rather than pilot error. Like in any sport this comes with the territory. You wish and believe it won’t happen to you, but when it does, you’d better understand that it had to happen one day, much like driving a car. The whole thing was so minor. It wouldn’t have been reported if I weren’t a celebrity.
THINK: So you don’t like living on the edge, the way many people think.
FORD: They couldn’t be more wrong. I love to live safely and successfully. I practice flying in order to mitigate what risk there might be naturally in defying gravity, but I’m not looking out for a thrill when I fly. Look, for me, flying is not a risk.
THINK: If not the ghosts, or a flying accident, is there anything that scares you?
FORD: What scares me is the unexpected. Things that come when you don’t expect – so, I can’t name them. You know you can hate something without really being scared.
THINK: Changing the subject. You’ve worked with some of the most beautiful screen actresses, is it enough to create good chemistry? What skills does one need to bring to the set in this respect?
FORD: Oh, it rarely happens when I don’t enjoy thoroughly the company of the ladies that I work with. Well, there is one situation – but I won’t give you any clues.