Harrison Ford is not ready to hand over his Indiana Jones hat to anybody just yet.
There were rumors milling that Chris Pratt was slated to play the next Professor Indy but the ‘Air Force One’ actor put them all to rest when he appeared on NBC’s ‘Today’ show Friday morning.
Ford was on the show to promote his upcoming film ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ in which he voices a new character Rooster.
According to Vanity Fair, Ford said that nobody would be Indiana Jones except himself. “Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones, don’t you get it?”, he quipped, in response to host Craig Melvin’s question about another actor potentially taking up the role from him one day. “I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy.”
Ever since Chris Pratt (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers’) played a similar role in ‘Jurassic World’, he was touted to be the next actor to play the Indiana Jones. Ford, though, ended that theory.
He also mistook Pratt for Chris Pine. “This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine this. I’m sorry, man,” he remarked.
Pratt played Owen Grady, a Navy veteran and ethologist, and a Velociraptor expert and handler at Jurassic World in the movie and his character was very much similar to that of Ford’s Indiana Jones.
The film was directed by Colin Trevorrow and the story was set 22 years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’, the Spielberg-directed sci-fi adventure starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.
Ford is set to return as the wise-and-whip cracking archaeology professor and explorer in the fifth, yet-to-be-titled Indiana Jones installment directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is set for a 2021 release. The screenplay is from David Koepp, George Lucas, and Jonathan Kasdan.
The 76-year old starred in ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Last Ark’ (1981) and followed it up with ‘The Temple of Doom’ (1984) and ‘The Last Crusade’ (1989). His co-stars along the way include Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, Sean Connery, and Shia LaBeouf.
Ford last played Indy in ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008). When Shia LaBeouf was introduced in ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ and was speculated to take over the role, Ford rejected that idea as well.
Back in 2010, talking to Time, Ford has expressed his interest in playing Indiana once more. “I would love to do another Indiana Jones movie. George Lucas is working on an idea now. Shia (LaBeouf) can get his own hat. I earned that hat.”
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