Harrison Ford is a Hollywood legend. His screen presence and talent have landed him many iconic roles across several of the industry's biggest franchises, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, just to name a few. If it were possible, many people would have him young forever, but it's not. The truth is, Father Time is unbeaten, even for Ford. As he turns 81 years old next month, many are expecting him to dial back on his acting career, especially after he mentioned that he plans to retire. However, as it turns out, the actor isn't retiring from acting altogether - just from the Indiana Jones role.
Ford shared this tidbit during a recent appearance on CNN's Who is Talking to Chris Wallace? When the conversation rolled around to his retirement, he laughed and clarified he was only retiring from the Indiana Jones franchise and not acting as a whole.
He said, "I don't do well when I don't have work. I love to work. I love to feel useful. It's my jones. I want to continue being involved."
Ford first starred in the Indiana Jones franchise in 1981. More than four decades later, he's reprising his biggest role in the franchise's fifth installment, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which is slated for release this coming Friday.
Apart from his desire to remain active, the Han Solo actor revealed that working with other people and how naturally acting comes to him are other reasons he doesn't want to retire.
Harrison explains the reasoning behind his decision not to fully retire from acting:
It is the people 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 a scene. I don't feel obliged to do anything. I'm naturally affected by things that I work on.
Ford's performance in both of these shows has been nothing short of impressive, and they just wouldn't be the same again if he were to exit, as would be the case if he were retiring. Fortunately, he isn't, and audiences will continue to enjoy his depiction of these characters for some time to come.
Apart from these two, Ford also recently signed on to play General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the president of the United States, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first appearance as the character will come in Captain America: Brave New World, which is slated for release next July.
By the way, Lucasfilm president recently revealed that if they intend to do anything more in the Indiana Jones universe, it will be in television format.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will roll its way into theaters on June 30.