A Minute With: Harrison Ford on flying and new film 'Paranoia'

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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After five decades of playing iconic characters - swinging a whip as Indiana Jones, saving Luke Skywalker as Han Solo, escaping from prison as a fugitive - Harrison Ford shows no signs of slowing down.

Ford, 71, has had an active year. After starring in the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" this spring, the actor now plays a tech billionaire in the thriller "Paranoia," due out Friday.

The actor will also star in the big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel "Ender's Game," and rumors persist that he may be back as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams' new "Star Wars" reboot.

Ford spoke to Reuters about his film projects, his love of flying and why social media is just not his thing.

Q: At this point in your career, you've probably played just about every type of role. What drew you to "Paranoia" and what keeps you going?

A: This was a character that I hadn't played before and I enjoy working. I'm not good at sitting still. For me it's the intellectual exercise. The real fun comes in solving problems - massaging a line into shape, making the rhythm of a scene work, getting the right blocking so it feels natural and easy. When I don't get to do it, I feel kind of edgy.

Q: You might be participating in the new "Star Wars" film. Will it be an original movie?

A: I'll let you be the judge of that. Whether I'm involved or not, I'll make judgments about it if I'm involved. I'll try to do the best job I can. Certainly there are people that are interested in seeing what J.J. Abrams, out of his experience and understanding, might bring to the table.   Continued...

Actor Harrison Ford poses as he arrives at Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies in Hollywood April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser