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Jon Favreau Interviews Harrison Ford about Cowboys and Aliens, Star Wars and Indiana Jones! Must watch!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Those longtime Favreau fans will remember his IFC show Dinner For Five... it was a fantastic show where he'd invite four people, most of the time friends, to have dinner in LA and he'd have movie business conversations with them.

It wasn't an interview show and as someone who has had many, many, many conversations on and off the record it was amazing to me how Favreau got these guys to be so conversational on camera. It felt like an "Off the record" show. I remember Faizon Love talking about how terrible Torque was and laughing at specific scenes... hell, I still quote that stuff with my friends. "They on Highway 10!"

So, Favreau has decided to interview his Cowboys and Aliens cast instead of the standard boring EPK interviews and he's framing these chats much like he did his Dinner For Five episodes. He starts with Harrison Ford and it's a great chat, with Harrison more engaged than I've ever seen him in an interview.

They discuss Ford's initial reluctance to do the movie, how he got Star Wars (his reaction to "Who was Dreyfuss reading for?" is priceless), a little bit about Indy and even a bit about his beaver. Enjoy!















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  • June 28, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Carolinamaestro

  • June 28, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Carolinamaestro

    I love it when a plan comes together!

  • June 28, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Han shoots First posters!

    by teddy_duchamp

  • June 28, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Dinner for Five was awesome....Favreau is a great conversationalist

    by Bobo_Vision

    So now I will watch these go away and come back later to read what I think about them.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I was just about to go to bed!

    by seans

  • June 28, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Devin Faraci hates Jon Favreau and Harrison Ford.


    Just hates 'em.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    He Is Alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Quackfu

    About time he snapped from his coma. Holy Moly!! What the fuck did Ally McBeal do to this guy anyway? Instead of food she ate his soul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I love this guy.

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Ford, that is. He looks/sounds great in these clips. Please, get with Stevie and make one more Indy movie to leave everyone happy.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Didn't George Lucas teach you that?

    by Bobo_Vision


  • June 28, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    That is a great Ford interview

    by RandySavage

    I sometimes worried about Ford's mental state because he seems so absent in the past decade or two... but he's very good in this conversation: present-minded, funny, at ease. It may be the first time I've ever seen him like that on film, post-1989.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    No ball left unbusted

    by Bobo_Vision

    That's my motto. <p> LOL

  • June 28, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    LOVE IT!


    That just was a fun watch.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    favreau should really let Harrison speak

    by D o o d

    the guy keeps interjecting and ruining an otherwise interesting interview!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Favreau is constantly interrupting and talking over him

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Thats not a conversation, it's just annoying. Let the man speak!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by geeko2000

    No ball left unbusted! Classic!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by kev8791


  • June 28, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    yes Favreau...stfu up and let him speak

    by Rupee88

    I mean damn

  • June 28, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Someone has stolen Harrison Ford...this guy is charming!

    by quantize


  • June 28, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    hehe, now I don't know what accounts for his behaviour

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    in every other interview or appearance he makes. He can't just be baked. Anyway, go Harrison. My idol when I was growing up

  • June 28, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The only reason Ford is charming here is because of Favreau

    by Bobo_Vision

    His grumpiness often varies depending on who he's talking cut Favreau some slack.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    He quit the downers.

    by MoffatBabies

    He's back!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    just bustin balls...


    no ball left unbusted.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Harrison Ford smile...

    by alxorange a long ass time. He seems to happy working with Favreau. Maybe he's finally getting into a role again, instead of phoning it in. He was a little happy in Indy 4, but still seemed grumpy mostly.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Nice to see Ford having a laugh!

    by fustfick

    Man, what a breath of fresh air. I sincerely wish the best for this movie, even though it's got "bomb" written all over it. But, I'm really looking forward to it.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Damn HR is old

    by Rupee88

    which means that I am too...damn.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Mosquito Coast is still his best

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    he is great in Frantic, too. I really liked him in What Lies Beneath - even though he's not exactly swinging for the fences - cause he was very creepy finally playing the bad guy. Of course, that's just due to him being Harrison Ford, as opposed to acting well, but still.<P> And Witness, what a film! They managed to make Josef Sommer scary. Don't know if it us just me, but there's a really palpable air of menace in that movie, beginning with when Haas points at the photo in the police station.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    FANTASTIC interview!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    I LOLed when he talked about Richard Dreyfus. :-D

  • June 28, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    It's a conversation...

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    ...not a monologue. Though I'm more interested (obviously) in Ford's thoughts, I'm glad to see their interaction as you can tell easily that Ford and Favreau like each other. Imagine if they were just canned questions - would Harrison have been so engaged?

  • June 28, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfus as Han Solo?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    That has "Mr. Solo's Opus" written all over it! LOL!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    maybe its just the subtlety in it

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    this wouldn't get made today as it is. They'd cast Josh Holloway, have loads more gunfire, about six levels of bad guys and corruption that goes all the way to the top. The corruption in this is small in scale and realistically banal.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Bring on Indy V

    by Gorgomel

  • June 28, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    idol or not

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    i'm not getting in a single pilot plane with anyone over sixty years old

  • June 28, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Favreau and Ford = win

    by ZapRowsdower

    Love the interview - Favreau was great as was Ford. \looking forward to the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Favreau and Ford = win

    by ZapRowsdower

    Love the interview - Favreau was great as was Ford. \looking forward to the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Favreau and Ford = win

    by ZapRowsdower

    Love the interview - Favreau was great as was Ford. \looking forward to the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    this interview is probably better than the movie

    by animas

    damn that was good

  • June 28, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Favreau and Ford = win

    by ZapRowsdower

    Love the interview - Favreau was great as was Ford. \looking forward to the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    His piloting stories were sweet.

    by Juggernaut125

    "If I die, you die." And "Don't let the alarm scare you..." That's great stuff. I'd fly with Mr. Ford any chance I got.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Spielberg should hire Favreau for Indy V

    by murray_hamilton

    Not to direct it, just to hang out with Ford to keep him in a good mood. That's the most animated I think I've ever seen the guy.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    my four postings = not win....

    by ZapRowsdower

    Sorry gang....

  • June 28, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    That was awesome. I would really love it if fun, engaged Harrison Ford could get one more good Indy movie out there before it's too late. Also - Favreau is the man, and Dinner for Five was a great show. Kind of like Spectacle with Elvis Costello, except more movie centered than music. I miss that show.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    No ball left unbusted..haha!

    by alienindisguise

  • June 28, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Harrison is Han Solo....

    by Dark Doom

    Don't worry about the alarm? Classic Solo. Lucas should have gone with sequels not prequels, Ford is and always was a badass. 007 and Solo looks to be good. And like all it is good to see Mr. Ford back!!

  • June 28, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Geniunely fun interviews. This site needs more goodies like this!

    by Larry Knowles

    I have renewed respect for both Jon and Harrison. Also, Harry, please return my Boba Fett. Everything else you can keep, but I would like my rocket-firing Boba Fett back please. your brother, Larry.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    That was fantastic.

    by bluebottle

    Can not wait.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Great interview

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I've seen interviews where Ford comes off as being either annoyed, pissed off, or stoned and just wanting to get it over with. This was fun to watch.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Jon does amazing interviews. Loved his Dinner for 5 series on IFC

    by TheJudger

  • Enjoy: <p>

  • June 28, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Sweet, Dinner for 5 is on Netflix

    by mistergreen

    I only caught a few episodes but now I can watch the whole season.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    by bababoozer

    Really cool, but extremely tight editing. Ford is usually a boring mono-syllabic guest, but this was great.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Wish there was a box set of dinner for 5

    by TheJudger

    I don't believe the DVD has the entire run. I am tempted to order the Frank Darabont one. I saw it when it originally aired. I remember something about Frank talking about writing in a room above a garage for one project he was added into, talking about reworking screenplays and not getting credit and adapting. I've never ordered VOD from amazon, do you get to keep it?

  • June 28, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Wow, I am impressed with this site for the first time in a long time.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Great stuff here. Good job.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Dreyfus originally going to be the voice of C-3PO?

    by SifoDyasJr

    I don't see him as Han at all. Nice to see Harrison awake.

  • This movie was apparently written by Harry Knowles and Drew Mcweeny....and starred them as 2001. David Cross and Julia Sweeney were in it, too. <p> What? The? Fuck? <p>

  • June 28, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    These clips come off as a bit saccharine...

    by WeylandYutani

    but it is nice to see Ford so animated for a change. I am not sure if he just decided to let go of the grumpy old man shtick or if they changed his Prozac dosage, but it really seems to have made a difference.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Holy crap! Yes, awesome. I mean...

    by Jaka

    ... he actually seems, I don't know, interested, and happy. Probably helps that he appears to like JF and in turn JF appears to know what to ask and how to ask it. But yeah, definitely awesome.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Fun interview!

    by kafka07

    And wow Ford looks happy and alive. Not sleepy like in Indy 4. Lookin forward to C & A!

  • June 28, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    How refreshing.

    by utfluke

    Harrison Ford will ALWAYS be an actor whose work I'm interested in...but he's always been so gd dour when he's talking about a current project to the press. I hope that if he wants to continue to act at this point in his life...he will pick projects that he's this enthusiastic about. Looking forward to seeing this film.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    That was the Comedy Central pilot for an AICN TV show that never made it past pilot stage. It's a bizarre hodgepodge of crazy Knowlesian stuff that ended with a roundtable discussion between Harry, Favreau, Cross and Sweeney. Think Daily Show, but about movies with Harry as the host.

  • June 28, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    DAZZLING interview for a Ford fan

    by justmyluck

    Everyone's said it already: it's the most animated I've ever seen him off camera (with the exception of some BTS film of Ford goofing around with Hamill & Fisher on the SW set). Not exactly waiting to see COWBOYS & ALIENS here and, well, Ford said the script was not for him and the final product was exactly what he expected so...hmmm...probably will wait for a few reviews. The various interview clips both punctuated and helped me get through a rental of SUCKER PUNCH, which I may comment on in the DVD TB..once I take a shower or watch some Robert Frank documentary or whatever cleansing or erasure will get Zack Snyder's "Eau de WD-40" off me.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    If what you say is almost sounds as if Favreau lifted the idea for Dinner for five from the very least...gained inspiration from Knowles which led to the germination of the idea for Dinner for Five....???

  • June 28, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Bent

    Wow! Best TV yet. Oh, wait it's the 'Net, ummm.. web show.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    I'd venture (not that I'm in the know) that Dreyfuss was reading for Luke - in DUDDY KRAVITZ, GRAFFITI, JAWS, GOODBYE GIRL etc. he exhibits the rambling, semi-hyper cadence which Hamill had in the scenes with Ford in SW. A frustrated farmboy, yes, but I cannot imagine him reading for a space smuggler.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Great stuff

    by darthvedder81

    It's nice to see Harrison in a great mood. Favreau is such a talented bright guy, he should do everybody's interview for the movie.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    That Was Cool.

    by Evil Chicken

    Bottom line.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    That Was Cool.

    by Evil Chicken

    Bottom line.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by twogunjames

    I miss Dinner for Five so much, but I am so happy that Favreau has become a big shot director, it doesn't matter. He's a good man!

  • June 28, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    OR, you know . . . FANTASTIC!

    by twogunjames

    I'm drunk. Forgive me.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Metamucil is your friend.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Good to see you back, Han.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by Tim Hendon

    I just watched the THE HAT and am laughing and tearing up. I knew this was the guy that played my heroes. Not like I have seen every interview with HF ever (far from it) but this is way cool. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • June 29, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    This shit is GOLD, Jerry! It's GOLD!

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Seriously, Jon Favreau is the best interviewer in Hollywood and it isn't even his job. I loved seeing Harrison Ford interested in the conversation. That was really fun to watch. For everybody that complains that there's no *Cool* news on this site... here ya go.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Okay, I want the full unedited interview.

    by CatVutt

    Great stuff.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    /RANT: I just want to state the fact that...

    by soup74

    Torque is the greatest 'So Bad, it's Good' movie ever made. if you think you disagree, watch it again. It's a genius 'Bad Movie'. Torque should get more credit than it does. I could point out the countless reasons, (The Dane Cook cameos, ridiculous product placement, insane physics..) but that's just the tip of the iceberg... Although somehow it's enjoyable to me because of this. It should survive the test of time as a great 'Bad Movie.' (WAY BETTER than 'Drive Angry 3D') /end rant.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The way Favreau teases stories out of Ford is artful

    by Bobo_Vision

    Most interviewers just ask Ford questions, like someone poking tired cattle with a stick. But Favreau just talks until it reaches the point where Ford is dying to get a word in and starts talking on his own. <p> Also, if you've noticed, when Ford does interviews....his answers always peter out towards the end....he just talks and then loses steam, but the interviewer waits because it sounds like more is coming...but there rarely is. Favreau jumps in towards the end, that way Ford is always on his toes and keeping his energy up and never teetering out. <p> It really is an artful conversation....especially in the ease of it all....

  • June 29, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    the guy looks more and more like Lee Marvin

    by chien_sale

  • June 29, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by THX1968

    I'd always heard that Ford is a good guy, but you never get a sense of who he is in interviews and late night appearances. This almost restores my faith and interest in movies.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Thanks so much for this Quint, Ford like this is AWESOME

    by Pitofbenders

    Watching one of your favorite actors of all time actually cut loose with a great personality (Jon) is just so amazing. Especially since Ford could care less half the time he is being interviewed, remember how he was on Conan not too long ago? The guy just kind of zones out, so being able to watch something like this with him is a real treat. He has such a presence on film as Han and Indy, as well as Jack Ryan, and it's nice to see him be animated like a real person, and just be himself. You can see the man behind these roles, and still catch a glimpse of what he brings to his greatest characters.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Bloody brilliant, thanks Quint.

    by Keith Maniac

    That was one of the best, if not THE best interview i can remember seeing with Harrison Ford. The idea that he is open to taking things on now that he's not considered before is pretty exciting. KOTCS was a mixed bag, i just wish they could pull one last, more satisfying Indy movie off to bookend the series. His comments about cgi, particularly the Freudian slip of mentioning Ants, was not only very honest, but a very succinct summation of the main issue with cgi.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Ford Rules!!!

    by joliet_jake1978

    I would not be as big a fan of movies if it wasn't for him. Neither Star Wars or Indy would've been anywhere near as good without him. Can you imagine Indy with Tom Selleck, it would've been good but not the all time great it is today...

  • June 29, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    If you are interested in seeing Ford in the plane he talks about...

    by Longtime Lurker

    Search youtube for "Harrison Ford: Just Another Pilot" to see a rather nice short film on Ford and flying. Some of you might enjoy it. :)

  • June 29, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by Twiggystar

    I still have my copies of DINNER FOR 5 with Marilyn Manson, Andy "cocaine" Dick, Darryl Hanna, great show!!

  • June 29, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Love how Jon Favreau

    by kwisatzhaderach

    director of Elf, Zathura and Iron Man is being a smug bastard about George Lucas , director of THX 1138, American Graffiti and Star Wars. Sheesh.

  • June 29, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST


    by DVaderRIP

    I have to agree - it's great seeing Ford clearly enjoying himself - that's not something you see often. I think part of it is chemistry - the two of them clearly get on. As for another Indy, I of all people would love to see it, but I don't think it's going to happen. As great as he looks, and as fit as he is (some people are one step away from a care home at this age), Lucas is going to toss it off for another 10 years trying to think of a 'macguffin' (when a thousand writers out there could throw 50 at him without even thinking about it). And in 10 years it really will be too late. Something tells me that Ford has got another 25+ years of life left, but I can't see an 80 year old Indiana Jones.

  • The two really seemed like they'd just come off of a great time making a movie- and it seems pretty evident that Harrison enjoyed himself. I've not seen him like this in...well...ever, actually. I know he has a sense of humor about things, though it's always been somewhat subdued, and yeah, he can come across as a grumpy guy. But I think that's all relative to the person he's talking to and the context of the interview. Here, he's in a more informal sort of setting, no studio audience, no talk show- it's small scale. I think he seems like he feels more comfortable in that sort of setting- for such a big star, he has always seemed very introverted in his interviews- like he doesn't really want to be there with all those people around him (I can relate, I can't stand up and present to a room full of people without coming across in a remarkably similar manner, though I'm very different in a smaller scale setting). I hope that the movie conveys the fun they ostensibly had making it- it usually does carry across when it's more than just about the $20 mil paycheck. For the record, I'd be down for an Indy V even if he hits 70 before it gets made. I doubt they'll ever follow through with the talk (took them 19 years the last time), but I hope that IF it ever happened, Harrison would bust Spielberg's and Lucas' balls until they are back into the mindset they were in with Raiders.

  • June 29, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

  • June 29, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Totally enjoyed those.

    by Ecto-1

  • June 29, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Excellent Vids

    by Jay Eyler

    Thanks for drawing our attention to these, great stuff. The Beaver conversation reminds me of an interview I read years ago about a guy who was doing these bush flights with Ford in Alaska and mentioned he had to turn off the fanboy and concentrate on his job, because the whole flight he kept thinking, holy shit I'm flying with Han Solo. (paraphrasing)

  • June 29, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    No surprise

    by mastermold

    I love Harrison Ford and have read a lot about him over the years. There's probably no one on Hollywood who hates dealing with the press more than he does, and you see it whenever he's sitting through one of those godawful press junket interviews with some jabroni asking dumb stereotypical questions. But if he's being interviewed by someone smart who engages him with good questions, he does come alive and is a lot more interactive. I watched him be interviewed by Tavis Smiley a few years ago and that was a great interview and he even said so, that it was a treat to be interviewed by someone like Smiley who came prepared and engaged him in conversation.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Favreau always strikes me as someone...

    by Lou Stools

    ...who'd be into infantilism.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    You idiots, Favreau is the REASON Ford came off as charming..

    by HollyW00d

    Favreau is a great interviewer, and from past experience with Ford he knew he had to cut in at certain points or he would have just gone on and on. John kept Ford on his toes a little and kept him interested in the conversation, and it's obvious Ford likes Favreau from their work together. This is the problem with all of the past interviews with Ford in which he seems almost sedate. He wasn't interested in the interviewer or conversation, he was just going through the motions promoting a film or answering the same questions for the millionth time.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Holy shit...Harrison is awake and has inflection in his voice!

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    I'd grown used to his Droopy Dog routine. Somebody must have changed his meds.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Open letter to Favreau

    by v3d

    I would gladly PAY to see two hours of this. Dinner for Five was probably the best talk show concept ever. These short clips had more entertainment value than the Indy 4.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Harrison Ford turned down traffic and syriana

    by Nabster

    Kinda stupid of him. He regretted turning down syrianna.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I was hoping after each intro we'd see Harrison and Favreau

    by durhay

    strumming those guitars we hear.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I am the 111111th person to say: THIS WAS AWESOME!

    by Frye777

    Love Favs since Swingers and Harrison is GOD. They should keep working together after C&A!!! Favs should direct Indy V!

  • June 29, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    "The EWOKS were your idea" LOL

    by Frye777

    you can tell Harrison hates the little shitheads.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by SK229

    I think it was a guy pretending to be Michael Douglas or someone and he called Harrison Ford and was asking about some other project and Ford was just like he is here... not the person you normally see in interviews. These are awesome, btw.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Don't wanna jinx anything, but . . .

    by AlyFox

    Almost 100 posts in this thread, and only one real bash. Color me impressed. I'll just repeat what a lot have already stated: Harrison seems out of it during most interviews because HE HATES INTERVIEWS. If the interviewer is good, then Harrison is good, end of story. I like Letterman, but he doesn't really give a crap, so neither does Ford. Conan, Leno, et al; just the same, tired-ass question, and Ford, since 19-goddamned-77 has been through it a million times. So, anyway, it's good to see a virtually troll-free thread, way to go everyone. I watched the first trailer for Cowboys Vs Aliens, and haven't watched anything since, so I will be there with bells on opening day.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    re: alyfox

    by SK229

    Yeah, Ford being interviewed by Favreau is a little bit like someone being interviewed by Oprah. Are you gonna be an asshole and not answer Oprah's questions? In most cases, she's the bigger name in the room, so it would seem stupid. Personally, I don't like Oprah, I respect what she's accomplished, but I always said this about how the same people that will tell another interviewer to fuck off just can't do that if she asks a tough question. With some people, power dynamics, the level of fame, and the respect the person being interviewed has for the interviewer all come into play. I remember on Howard Stern, Gary casually mentioned that they gave two interview tapes to everyone who was thinking of coming on the show but were on the fence. I can't remember what the other one was, but the first was PAUL MCCARTNEY. If you've ever heard Howards interview with Paul, it was pretty fucking dead honest... about Yoko, his relationship with the other Beatles, the lawsuits, and even about his kids relationship with Heather Mills and the potential loss of some of their inheritance. Paul never even flinched at any of the questions. He was painfully honest at times, because frankly, it sounded like he just didn't give a shit. I'm not even that big a fan of Paul, but the implication in giving the tape, of course, is... say you're George Clooney or Warren Beatty and you're thinking of coming on the show - who the fuck are you and do you think people give a shit as much about your personal life and your time on E.R. as they do about shit between Paul McCartney and John/Yoko or Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson? So it's a power play... McCartney opened up for a Stern interview, so frankly, we don't give a shit if you do. We've already reached the pinnacle. In this interview, Ford and Favreau are obviously close, it's a non-threatening environment, and Ford, for once, has a lot of respect for the interviewer. Then you take into account Favreau's distanced, but engaging ability to be non-plussed but still come off as a fan and he has his own accomplishments in the business (don't forget, he's also an actor... so actors can't bullshit him), and voila... you get the most engaging Ford interview, ummm, ever.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    When I was a kid

    by Righteous Brother

    I wanted to be Harrison Ford.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I have never seen Harrison Ford as animated as this

    by Righteous Brother

    It's so obivous that he must hate doing those press junkets and stupid talkshows. Shame Favreau won't let him get a fucking word in edgeways.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Indy V - Raiders of the Lost Colostomy Bag

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    At least it will be if they don't get on with it soon. But yeah give us a real, oldschool, mythology-based story, not fucking X-Files in the 50's.

  • June 29, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Favs should direct Indy V

    by Rodie

    Or at least co-direct with Speilberg. He and Ford obviously get along well and have a great working relationship. It would be nice to see Ford this animated and energetic in what will likely be the final Indy film.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps, rodie....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....Favreau could be a character in Indy V....him being an actor and all....and keep Ford awake through the production.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    His voice sounds great!

    by hydroxicut

    Anybody see "morning Glory"? I thought for sure he was losing his voice forever.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    George went apeshit.

    by catlettuce4

    Those were great! And azultool, your imagination needs a tuneup.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    cant watch it at work?

    by Bent

    Hilarious, but no, write about it when you've actually taken the time to watch the interviews. Funny though.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Dreyfus as Solo

    by catlettuce4

    I recall him saying in an interview that all the cast of American Graffiti was hoping to be in Star Wars and they all wanted to be the Han Solo character. Take that for what it's worth.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    That was really good

    by The Real Bryan Burke

    I cannot remember the last time--if ever--I saw Ford give such a good interview. He was so relaxed--the stories, the jabs, the opinions--they just flowed out so naturally. Vocally he sounded great too--why the hell did he sound like he was 120 (tired, gravely) in KOTCS? Here--in a fucking hotel(?) room with minimal equipment he sounds 20 years younger! Good interview Fav--I'm now really looking forward to seeing the performance you got out of him for C&A. It's been awhile since I've cared about Ford (Indy aside,) and I was (am?) a huge fan.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I hope this movie does well...

    by SK229

    I read somewhere recently that Ford takes it very hard when a movie he cares about doesn't do well. And I think he was fine in Indy 4... the one thing I was most worried about was his ability to play the part again and not come off bored and catatonic, but he brought it. No... the script and some of the directing choices failed poor HF, but he himself fucking brought it. Honestly, I wish they'd let someone else take a crack at directing an Indy AND a Star Wars film. It'll definitely happen someday, but it it might not be before Lucas has passed on.

  • June 29, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    How Different My Life Would be Now

    by Sluggolicious

    In response to imagining what it would've been like growing up thinking of Richard Dreyfuss as Han Solo. Does anyone else see how fucking BRILLIANT and hysterical that line is?

  • June 29, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!

    by DoctorWho?

  • June 29, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    George went apeshit

    by Sprinky

    Well that's something i would love to see...anyway that video confirmed that the little things/and ideas from TESB that we still talk about after 30 years weren't coming from Lucas.

  • June 29, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    When is Fav...

    by B Arnold Quizzling

    doing, err, interviewing Olivia Wilde in a hotel room?? Oh please, don't pretend you all didn't think that.

  • June 29, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by daroru

    What a lovely story about Irvin Kershner.

  • June 29, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    INDY 5 should be made... to make up for 4.

    by Mennen

    Harrison is game.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    You want your badasses to be badasses to the end.

    by Vindibudd

    Truer words were never spoken.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I could watch this convo all day!

    by Flames gotta Eat

    Ford is a God. And a humble God at that. He's been in so many standards and he's just so cool about them all, just worried about character and story, never the hooplah or "geekery" of it. It's a job for him. And I think that's why his acting is so kickass and unpretentious and memorable, he doesn't buy into the schtick or get caught up, he just does his job as professionally as he can and goes home. He's old school who has influenced countless of us in the new school. THIS IS FILM GEEK HEAVEN!!!!

  • June 29, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    You guys are hilarious

    by Krinkle

    Spielberg and Ford are friends with Lucas. They're not gonna come on here and side with the knucklehead haters. You'll all looking for these coded dismissals of Lucas. Jesus Christ. George Lucas >>>>>>>>> Jon Favreau And let me explain the "George, you can say write this shit but you can't say it" thing: what he means, in referring to a line like "I'm going to Toschii station to pick up some power converters" as "hard to say" and "easy to write" is that it's hard to sell a line like that as if you know what you're talking about. They all do it well in SW. That's a different meaning than, "George, this is a bad line of dialogue"...

  • June 29, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    This is absolutely great. LOOK AT FORD HERE!

    by Steve Rogers

    I'd forgotten what awake and engaged Harrison Ford could be like. Amazing. The look on his face when Favreau credits him with the Ewoks alone is worth giving these clips a view.

  • June 29, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit they were great interviews

    by Brundlefly

    This is a VAST improvement over the stale and shitty EPK interviews that usually do the rounds for films like this. It seems Ford is just uncomfortable on chat shows - which explains a lot of his awkward appearances over the years. He obviously finds it hard to be relaxed in such a rehearsed environment as a pre-interviewed chat show appearance. This is a great idea - clearly Ford loved working on 'Cowboys and Aliens', maybe he should consider doing more such roles, then i can better explain to my kid exactly why he was such a hero to me as a boy.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    this was great

    by Professor_Bedlam

    I loved it two friends just having a great laugh and talking to each other!

  • June 29, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Wow! The greatest!

    by Shaun1138

    I am 36 years old and I have to say I am a huge Ford fan. These are by far the best interview pieces he has ever done! My hats off to John and Harrison. I am so excited to see this film. Now if we can only get John to direct the next Indy film we would really have something there! :)

  • June 29, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that was pretty fuckn cool.


    Never seen Ford so relaxed in an interview. Miss Dinner for Five...I'll never forget the Faz Love shit "leather in the desert" lol!

  • June 29, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    they had dinner and a few drinks before this...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    i watched this a few times now and i am convinced they both ate a decent meal and had a few (more than 3) hard drinks - look at their eyes, their sitting posture and their slightly delayed reactions - mr ford sounds very slightly slurred - but endearingly so - this is one of the best interviews ive seen in a very long time - favs should do one with daniel craig and sam rockwell

  • June 29, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Who's the big winner?

    by MegaBaz

    Mikey's the big winner!

  • June 29, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Ford must be dying or was on

    by proevad

    some really good drugs. First time I've ever seen him look like he was having fun. Weird.

  • June 30, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Ford nailed it on CGI!

    by Orionsangels

    Just because you have this amazing tool doesn't mean you have to go overboard or exaggerate the speed of the creature to the point where the audience can't keep up with the moving blur on the screen. I hate to go back to the T-Rex in the first JP again, but it's still the perfect example of how you can use CGI and still retain that movie magic that can leave an audience in awe. To all the CGI effects artist out there. Slow down, take your time with your creations. Let me soak in the wonderment of your amazing creation. You don't always have to be so over the top and intense with CGI. That doesn't = realistic or badass. Clash of the Titans remake! I'm talking to you and most other CGI laden Hollywood blockbusters! Bring back the special effects magic I grew up with!

  • June 30, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by Frye777


  • June 30, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    jimmyjoe, slightly delayed reactions ?

    by Frye777

    WTF you've been watching monkey? there were no slightly delayed reactions. they were fast and entertaining. I am tired of you assholes claiming Ford can only be entertaining when he took drugs or alchohol.

  • June 30, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    @orionsangels Regarding CGI artists

    by v3d

    You are right on the money, but it's not the artist you need to address but the directors that direct them. I know many cgi artists, animators and animation supervisors. Everyone I know has solid traditional animation backgrounds. Cel, stop-motion, Claymation. They understand how something should move. So when they work with a director that also understands that, you get the T-Rex from Jurassic Park. And when they don't, you get exactly what you are talking about.

  • June 30, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    Calm down, Mary Alice. It's all gonna be ok, sweety.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Harrison is painfully shy and nervous in front of a crowd...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    ... which explains his demeanor while on talk shows. Here, one on one with someone he knows and clearly likes he is able to relax and be himself.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Re: Mosquito Coast is still his best

    by plasticfrank

    Law's yes it is. Why the hell did Ford get mixed up in romantic comedies? He's so good in serious roles.

  • June 30, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Still my idol.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    He must like Favreau a lot to open up like this.

  • There was some jerkfest awards type show about Lucas a few years back. One of those "stuffed shirts of Hollywood salute...." things. Ford seems wacked off his skull. He also seemed spaced out off his but in way too many interviews.

  • June 30, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Thats hysterical. Lucas thought "I know" in ESB was a bad laugh

    by Knobules

    Lucas. Who filmed animated farting creatures and Jedi's stepping in shit is saying Fords line is a bad laugh. That's just perfect.

  • His agent should be fired for some of the roles he's taken since The Fugitive. Random Hearts? Six Days, Seven Nights? Hollywood Homicide? Really

  • June 30, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    favreau should direct the next Indy

    by misnomer

    spielberg phoned it.

  • June 30, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Totally agree about CG comment...

    by Flames gotta Eat

    Ford is on the money, I agree. I've never liked the sea of "creature" armies in various films or the fluid, fast-as-hell movement of these giant creatures that would normally be sluggish or much more hulking and clumsey. Give me a more realistic moving puppet or man-in-suit over a CG hoarde anyday. Queen alien in Aliens anyone? Still better than ALL of the CG Queens in the later sequels. Sure you're limited in the way you can shoot it but I dont give a shit as a viewer, I like the tighter shots of a more realistic creature over the wide shots of a CG mess running down a hallway. And as far as armies of things go, I am far more impressed with the real actors hired for the wide shots of soldiers in formation on the battle fields in Kubrick's Spartacus then I will ever be with similar shots in Troy or 300 or whatever. It worked in Return of the King but that's about it I think.

  • June 30, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    frye777 - don't call me an ass hole, ...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... you ass hole - favreau's eyes are heavy and he looks like he just ate a high calorie meal and followed it with a few stiff ones (maybe he always appears as such) - ford's eyes are glazed and he slurred a few words (maybe he always appears as such) - big deal - i like to unwind and bull shit with friends too - after some questions were asked, the receiver's response was a bit delayed - as if they had to think about the question or didnt get that it was a joke - i love these 2 as much as the next guy - but this was a post dinner and drinks interview and it shows - that makes it cooler in my book - or im wrong and they are always puffy and tired looking and step on the tongues of the person they are conversing with - like me - favreau was talking about why he didnt shoot this turkey in 3d and ford seemed to think they were discussing the over use of cgi in movies - no segue - a few scotch and waters can do this - ive been there

  • July 9, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    To quote Barry Bostwick

    by orcus

    You're all a bunch of assholes