About His Movies

“My whole life was changed by the opportunities that came to me trough the sucess of Star Wars”

“It’s a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Return of the Jedi. I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn’t sympathetic. He didn’t want me killed by those teddy bear guys.”

“No one wants to see a hero have to pick up his cane to hit someone, but I’m still quite fit enough to fake it.” (Indiana Jones 4)

“I don’t do stunts – I do running, jumping and falling down.”

“I don’t use any particular method. I’m from the lets-pretend school of acting.”

“Once a film is finished, it’s over for me. I’m on to something else.”

“It could have been so much more than a cult movie.” (Blade Runner)

“Whoever had the bright idea of putting Indiana Jones in a leather jacket and a fedora in the jungle ought to be dragged into the street and shot.”

“Starring in a science fiction film doesn’t mean you have to act science fiction.”

“Well, I don’t do violent films. I would not be unhappy to see a mood change in what Hollywood turns out and what the public chooses to see. I’d like scripts with a more positive message. Storylines that give people something to hope for in place of the current diet of repetitive violence and retribution. I think we all need to focus on stories that raise the barrier to a higher level of emotion.”

“I don’t play heroes; I play men with dilemmas.”

“I am very gratified that there has been a consistent interest in this character (Han Solo) and in these films over a pretty long period of time. We’re talking nearly 30 years now.”

“This kind of film,” (Indiana 4), “is such a celebration of the movies, that somehow I feel inured from professional criticism. I know we made this movie to reacquaint people with the pure joy of being in a dark room seeing something you haven’t seen before…”

“Acting is basically like carpentry, if you know your craft, you figure out the logic of a particular job and submit yourself to it. It all comes down to detail.”

“When it was fashionable to say, “May the Force be with you”, I always said: “The Force is within you, force yourself”

“Identification solely with Star Wars could have been the beginning and the end, with no middle, to my career”

“I understood the impact of those movies because I had young children who watched them religiously. I saw the Star Wars films so often in my house that I ended up knowing all of the other actors lines.”

“What does that mean [when a director says] ‘trust me’? Does that mean I should obviate all of my experience? Should I replace a certain knowledge with belief? Where does that get you? I have had experience in my life. I am 63 years old. Why should I be trusting a director?”

“Indiana Jones is always getting in way over his head and just barely getting out by the skin of his teeth.”

“I had no expectation of the level of adulation that would come my way. I just wanted to make a living with a regular role in a television series.”

“I started by chasing a Folger’s commercial. But I just somehow couldn’t manage to say, ‘Honey, that’s a great cup of coffee.'”

“My playing Indy was mentioned to me about only six weeks before shooting started, but being second choice wasn’t at all offensive. I would always assume that it would be normal for a director – once having worked with an actor in a particular part – not to think of him for something else. I’d presume that he’d want to accentuate the difference between the two characters by having another actor. I was more than happy when they did ask me to play Indiana Jones, because it promised to be a terrific role in a great film.”

[To cinema owners] “I’ll make you a deal. I’ll try to keep making films that put people in your theatre seats and you try to keep their shoes from sticking to the floor.”

“Really, the things that brought me success were other people’s successes, not mine. I’ve always given credit to them for that.”

“I was happy to do another (Indiana) one just because they’re so much damn fun!”

“I like his humor, his courage, his tenacity, his willingness to do whatever the hard work is to get the job done. Those are the things I think I admire in the character” (Indiana Jones)

“I always want to make sure the audience understand the pain so they could participate and enjoy the triumph. That was always a very big part of my ambition for the characters”

“It was (Indiana 4) such a contest between George and I about whether that was appropriate or whether the audience would enjoy that line or not, to the point where he made me go to a test screening to sit next to him to prove it was going to get a bad laugh”

“The whip came back pretty easily. I was surprised because it is a relatively uncommon skill. I wasn’t terribly good at it, but I was good enough for showbusiness when we did it before.”

“There is no series of films that I have done that have the same spirit and are so, if you will, shamelessly made for the audience – not to pander to them, but to give them an exciting ride”

“I’m not looking for something in which to frame a performance that I haven’t given before. I don’t have that kind of ambition. I want to make a movie that the audience can relate to. … I’m not looking for performance moments. They come — when they’re appropriate.”

“I feed opportunistically. I don’t have any grand plan. I do, if I’ve been operating in a particular genre for a period of time, I want to switch genres. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. But other than that, I’m just looking for something that I think will please an audience … and myself.”

“I give a lot of attention to what the details of the story are, and what we might accomplish in every scene. It’s just a practical way of looking at it. Breaking it down. I think one of the things that’s important is that you develop information for the audience in every scene — a little kernel of… a little plot twist or turn or advancement in character, relationship, something.”

“I wanted him to represent the reality of the western experience. He’s the richest man in town. He’s the most powerful man in town. He’s arrogant. He’s contentious. There’s no sign of Mrs. Dolarhyde; she must have fled a long time ago.”

“I began to see an opportunity to play a different kind of character than I’m used to. To enjoy the pleasures of having a character where you don’t have to have anybody like you. It’s a chance to really attempt to bring in some texture to the piece”

“It doesn’t interest me to be Harrison Ford. It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don’t want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously”