Harrison Ford is set to star in the new Indiana Jones movie The Dial Of Destiny
Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford has defended the decision to use ‘de-aging’ technology in parts of the franchise’s new film.
The 80-year-old star recently reprized his role as the iconic action hero in Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, his fifth appearance as Indy due out next month.
So far, the film has received some rather mixed reviews – with a segment in which Harrison “comes out” using computer tricks for a flashback sequence proves to be highly divisive.
While critics can’t agree on whether they like it or not, it seems that Harrison himself is very much in favor of the new technology.
“I know this is my face,” she insisted during a press conference to promote the film (via Entertainment Weekly).
A grown-up Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny trailer
“It’s not some kind of Photoshop magic — this is what I looked like 35 years ago. Why Lucasfilm [the production company behind Indiana Jones and Star Wars] it has every frame of film we’ve made together over the years. And this process, this scientific mining of this library, is complete [use].”
Harrison added that technology is “just a gimmick unless it’s backed by a story,” which “sticks out like a sore thumb” if it’s not “honest” and “emotionally true.”
“I think it was used very skillfully,” he concluded.
Harrison Ford in Cannes last week
On the subject of aging, Harrison told reporters, “I’m very happy with it, but I don’t look back and say, ‘I wish I was that guy again,’ because I don’t.”
“I’m really happy with the age. I like being older. It was great to be young, but shit, I could be dead and still work.”
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week to a five-minute standing ovation, although it’s fair to say the critical reception was noticeably more cleavage.
Other movies and TV shows that have used antiaging technology in recent history include the latest installments in the Star Wars franchise and Netflix’s Oscar-nominated crime drama The Irishman.
The first four installments of the Indiana Jones franchise will be available to stream Disney+ from May 31.
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