Within EW’s bumper double issue celebrating all things “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is an in-depth interview with Harrison Ford in which the topic of both him reprising his role as Han Solo and talk of a fifth “Indiana Jones” film comes up.
Ford seems to have acquired a more relaxed attitude about playing the character of late, and speaks about how the older incarnation of the character in the Abrams movie hasn’t changed that much from the cynical smart-ass of the original trilogy:
“I was glad that the character was still alive for me to play in this new iteration… He was always the cynical member of the original characters. There was a callow youth, a beautiful princess, a wise old warrior, and there was a smart-ass. While we were invited to engage on the questions of some pretty arcane mysteries – the Force and the mythology that surrounds it – he was the guy who said, ‘What? Huh? Come on.’
There’s not an abandoning of the character. He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting… and accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
Ford also offered his thoughts on the idea of tackling Indiana Jones one more time:
“Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director – what’s not to like?”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.