Good or bad, Indiana star Ford won't read reviews

Mon May 19, 2008 1:59pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Good or bad, Harrison Ford will not be reading reviews of the new Indiana Jones movie, which divided the Cannes film festival's notoriously picky critics.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" had its world premiere at the annual festival on Sunday, and initial reaction was positive.

But with more time to reflect on a blockbuster that cost an estimated $185 million to make, reviews have become more mixed.

"I suppose it would be interesting, but I don't read reviews," Ford told Reuters in an interview to promote the film.

"I don't want to believe the bad stuff and I don't want to believe the good stuff. It doesn't really matter," added Ford, who reprises probably his most famous on-screen role as the whip-wielding archaeologist at the age of 65.

In Crystal Skull, he teams up again with Karen Allen, his co-star from the first Indiana Jones film in 1981.

They are up against an evil KGB agent, played by Australia's Cate Blanchett, who is seeking to harness the power of a skull which leads them on a high-octane adventure that includes an encounter with extra terrestrials.

Reviews appearing on the Internet within minutes of the end of the press screening in Cannes were largely positive, and on critic rating site on Monday, 34 out of 45 opinions tracked were "fresh" as opposed to "rotten."   Continued...

<p>Harrison Ford attends a news conference for the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" by U.S. director Steven Spielberg at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 18, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>