This summer, Harrison Ford returns as an adventurous archaeologist for the last time in the highly anticipated Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The 1969 location has Indy facing off against ex-Nazis during the space race in what some fans think could be a time travel movie. Whatever the case, the pressure has certainly set in after the criticisms that the last film, 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has received in the years since. The now 80-year-old Hollywood legend addressed the backlash and shared why he feels confident about the 2023 film.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Ford said, “I mean, [the critics] She was cruel to him, but what do they do now? I understand. But those were their rules – no [director Steven Spielberg’s and co-writer George Lucas’] rules. They were imposing their rules on what a movie should be. I do not feel it is necessary to address these issues. I think everyone has the right to their opinion. Maybe the movie wasn’t as successful as we wanted it to be. But it didn’t create an attitude or behavior that carried over into this movie.”
The Indiana Jones star agreed that the film contains a lot of outdated “old indie” jokes and admitted an aspect of the scripts that he “hates.”
Ford added, “I never really liked the idea until I saw how it was done in this case – which is very different from the way it’s been done in other films I’ve seen. They got every frame of film, print or unprinted, in 40 Years of working with Lucasfilm on different things. I can act out a scene and they sort with AI every foot of the film to find me in the same angle and light. It’s weird and it works and it’s my face.”
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hits theaters on June 30, 2023.