“I think George (Lucas) likes people. I think George is a kind, warm hearted person, but he can be a little impatient with the nature of acting, the need to work till you find something. He’s like ‘It’s right there, it’s right there, I wrote it, it’s there, do it.’ But you can’t just do it”

” I could take Sean Connery in a fight…”

“River Phoenix played my son and I came to love him like a son. I was proud to watch him grow into a man of such talent, integrity and passion.”

(After his first screen test) The studio guy told me, “Kid, you have no future in this business.” I said, “Why?” He said, “When Tony Curtis first walked on screen carrying a bag of groceries — a bag of groceries! — you took one look at him and said, ‘THAT’S a movie star!'” I said, “Weren’t you supposed to say, ‘That’s a grocery delivery boy?'”

“It works for him (Steven Spielberg) because there’s a child-like glee in it that’s part of the whole process. It’s not just dumb, it’s dumb and inspired and gleeful…”

“I just thought, ‘Well, why not?’ I know it is a first but I have always wanted to work with Michelle (Pfeiffer). She is such a professional and I love all her work. People don’t expect it of me but that is up to them. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity.”

“He (Brad Pitt) had a different movie in mind. I have enormous respect for him as an actor and as a man – he’s a dear, gentle soul and I really like him. It was rougher on him than it was on me, because I was fighting for what I wanted to do and he was just trying to hold on to what he had, this object that was slipping out of his hands. I think the lesson he learned is, you can never let the motherf***ers in the media know what you’re really thinking. They’ll kill you for it. And they did.”

“She (Virginia Madsen) was an absolute delight – professional, very talented and simply, very sweet. She also took what could have been a fairly one-dimensional damsel in distress role and added so many layers to it – there isn’t many who could do that. I’d work with her again in a heartbeat. I’m actually hoping she’ll come over for Indiana Jones. We’ve talked about it.”

“Karen (Allen) has this sort of girlish streak to her, even as a mature woman. And yet it’s not a coy thing. It’s not a weak thing. She has a sense of adventure, (…) she was the one person who made me feel nostalgic about it all”

“Cate Blanchett is a devil, she is an incredibly strong and powerful villain, and that’s a great opportunity for an actress to play that kind of role, I think she relished it.”

“I really enjoyed working with Cate. She is wonderfully inventive. “She’s a terrific actress. The character is so strong and indelible. It just leaps right off the page. She’s great.”

“I just thought, ‘Well, why not?’ I know it is a first but I have always wanted to work with Michelle (Pfeiffer). She is such a professional and I love all her work. People don’t expect it of me but that is up to them. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity.”

“It’s not so much loving Indy as it is loving working with Steven (Spielberg) and George (Lucas) and making that kind of film and having the opportunity to play a character that has this kind of variety and this kind of…”

“It takes time to get Steven, George and me on the same page. George is very stubborn with his ideas.”

“I had a good time working with Richard (Loncraine). We drove each other crazy … just testing. Testing the theory, testing the moment. Applying our wits to the problems. … He’s a good man. Kind person.”

Celebrity Secrets (Late Night with Conan O’Brien 2003)

“It’s not easy being a celebrity. Once this little kid, cute little kid asked me for an autograph… and I gave it to him. He said, ‘Thanks Mr. Hanks!’ I took it away from him, tore it up, and told him Tom Hanks was dead.”

“In the movie Witness, I played a policeman who went undercover and pretended to be Amish. I could never be Amis… for one thing they’re not allowed to touch themselves down there.”

“One day I called George Lucas up at three o’clock in the morning and pretended to be Mark Hamill. He said, ‘Harrison?’ I said ‘No, it’s me, Mark Hamill!.’ He said, ‘Harrison, I know it’s you.’ I said, ‘Well then you know wrong because it’s Mark Hamill!’ He sighed and said, ‘ok Mark, what do you want?’ …I really got him.”

“In 1982 I played a character in Blade Runner that hunts down and kills bloodthirsty humanoid life forms known as replicants. I want to say we were ahead of our time: it was four years before anybody had ever heard of Jerry Springer.”

“People ask me if I’m as nice as I am in the movies. I say ‘hey, what if life is a movie?’ While they’re thinking about that I yell ‘cut’ and then I run away.”

“Onscreen R2D2 was so likable. Offscreen, total ass***”

“A movie star can make one stupid little mistake and his whole career is over. Like doing a lame comedy bit on some stupid TV show. Oh my God- what have I done?”