Ford says looks his age in new Indiana Jones film

Sat May 17, 2008 1:16pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Harrison Ford reprises his most famous film role in the new Indiana Jones adventure, and there will be no hiding the fact that he is nearly 20 years older than his last outing as the whip-wielding archaeologist.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is the hotly anticipated follow up to the original trilogy, which wound up with "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in 1989.

The question on everyone's lips in Cannes, where the movie has its world premiere on Sunday likely to attract thousands of fans to the glamorous red carpet, is whether Ford still has what it takes to be an action hero aged 65.

Fielding questions from reporters ahead of the first screening of the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster, Ford said there would be no attempt to hide his real age.

"We don't handle the age question, we ignore it," he said at the luxury Carlton Hotel on the palm-lined Croisette beach front. "We've moved 20 years deeper into history. We're no longer dealing with Nazis, but we have Russian villains.

"Age has its virtues and it has its disadvantages," he added. "I think we embrace the reality of the passage of 20 years. We're not coy about it."

The story of the Crystal Skull is set in 1957, 19 years on from the third move in a franchise which has made over $1 billion at the global box office in 1980s dollar terms.

Ford teams up again with Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, his love interest in the first film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark."   Continued...

<p>Actor Harrison Ford is back as character Indiana Jones and is shown in a scene from the new film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in this undated publicity photograph. Even decades past their prime, Hollywood's leading men just don't want to give up their image as strapping young action heroes, as Harrison Ford proves in his return as Indiana Jones. REUTERS/David James/Paramount Pictures/Handout</p>