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Harrison Ford Is Working for You

By Steven Zeitchik


There were moments during the Indiana Jones press conference when we thought - this is more interesting than the movie! There was talk of sequels, of Spielberg's disdain for digital cinema, of Harrison Ford's, um, ambivalence toward critics. We provide some excerpts.

On how they kept it quiet
Spielberg: "We didn't give the script out to every person on the set. We didn't give it to every agent and manager (of the talent int he film).

On a sequel:
Spielberg: "Only if you(fans)  want one. That's the reason we made this Indiana Jones, because we've had so many people come up to us and ask (about it). The only two movies that people have come and asked me about is Indiana Jones and ET. us and asked when its coming out. The only two movies that people come and asked us is Indiana Jones and ET. No one ever ask if I'm making another AI or 1941...So we'll have our ear to the ground and see what happens and go from there.

In doing this movie in the first place:
Spielberg: I was the holdout. I had to be convinced...I said 'Gee I'm in my dark period now. I'm making movies with meaning that I want my kids to see."

On her Soviet-era character
Blanchett: I want to apologize to the entire Russian populace.

On the dangers of/skepticism toward digital:
Lucas: Obviously when you get new technology., you get sound or you get color, or you get special effects, they get misused.
Spielberg: There's no inspiration when a cast and a director walk onto a screen that is blue. We wanted to do as little of that as possible... I was intent and George was intent on making this practical magic and not digital magic."

On the potential critical response:
Ford: I'm not afraid at all. I expect to have the whip turned on me. It's not unusual for something that is popular to be disdained by -- some people (it sounded like he was about to say critics)...I'm not worried about it. I work for the people who pay to get in.


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