Harrison Ford may be finished with the Indiana Jones saga, but he’s not ready to stop acting anytime soon.
While sitting down for an interview with CNN as part of its Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace podcast, Ford said that rather than retiring, he’s searching for new films and shows to star in.
‘I don’t, I don’t — I don’t do well when I don’t have work,’ admitted the actor, whose Yellowstone spinoff 1923 had its production delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing WGA writers strike. ‘I just I love to work.’
Ford added that one of the benefits of working and acting is that it makes the 80-year-old superstar ‘feel useful.’
‘It’s my Jones, I want — I want to be helpful,’ he added.
No end in sight: Harrison Ford, 80, told CNN’s Chris Wallace that he’s not planning to retire and is actively searching for new roles, even as he turned 81 in July
Can’t slow down: ‘I don’t, I don’t — I don’t do well when I don’t have work,’ admitted the actor, who will soon appear in Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, the fifth and final film in the series (pictured)
When Wallace asked him about what he loved about acting, Ford said it was the collaborative aspect that transformed the project and made it worthwhile.
‘It is the people that you get to work with. The intensity and the intimacy of collaboration. It’s the combined ambition somehow forged from words on a page.
‘I don’t plan what I want to do in the scene — and I don’t feel obliged to do anything,’ he continued. ‘But I am, I guess, naturally affected by the things that I work on.’
Ford, who will turn 81 on July 13, has previously said that his latest film, Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, will be the final movie in the long-running adventure series.
The actor’s longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg, who had directed the first four entries in the series, opted to have a smaller role this time around as an executive producer
He will be replaced by Logan and Ford V. Ferrari director James Mangold in the director’s chair.
Star Wars creator George Lucas, who helped write the first four films and was credited with their stories, has also reduced his role on this final film, though he will still be credited as an EP.
Even as he says goodbye to his iconic character Indiana Jones, Ford is still interested in new adventures.
Social butterfly: When Wallace asked him about what he loved about acting, Ford said it was the collaborative aspect that transformed the project and made it worthwhile. ‘It is the people that you get to work with’
Doing his part: Ford added that one of the benefits of working and acting is that it makes the 80-year-old superstar ‘feel useful.’ ‘It’s my Jones, I want — I want to be helpful,’ he added (still from Dial Of Destiny)
He tried something new with his first-ever starring role in a television series for Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone spinoff 1923, which reunited him with his Mosquito Coast costar Helen Mirren.
The series was set to begin production earlier this month on its second season following a first season that was a hit with critics and viewers, but filming never commenced due to the ongoing writers strike, reports NBC Montana.
The pause is the latest setback for showrunner Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone empire, after his flagship series was reported to be ending amid disputes with star Kevin Costner.
According to NBC, the Butte Civic Center manager Bill Melvin said representatives from 1923 informed him that the series had been delayed due to the strike, which would prevent Sheridan — who wrote all of the first season’s episodes — from writing additional episodes or changing any aspect of the scripts.
Members of the Writers Guild of America are on strike for better pay and to get assurances from major studios and streamers that they won’t replace writers with AI-created scripts, though the studios have so far been unwilling to budge.
Production was originally slated to begin on Monday, June 5.
The Civic Center may still be able to profit from the production, even if filming isn’t going on at the moment.
According to Melvin, the series is paying the city of Butte and Silver Bow County $75,000 per month for the use of the city’s Civic Center through the end of 2023.
The production has reportedly requested a 10-day extension on the contract.
That arrangement will need to get the OK from the City-County Commission, but NBC notes that the Civic Center’s board has already expressed its approval to let 1923 continue renting the venue.
On hold: Ford has lately expanded into TV acting, but his Yellowstone prequel 1923 (pictured) — which reunites him with Mosquito Coast costar Helen Mirren — has been delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing WGA writers strike
The production may also request future extensions as the writers strike continues with no end in sight.
Melvin added that the Civic Center was ready to go whenever the cast and crew were given the all clear to resume filming.
The second season is expected to be the last for the prequel series.
Ford doubled down on TV with a starring role on the Apple TV+ dramedy Shrinking.
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