The release of the new movie Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, is also the opportunity for Harrison Ford to say goodbye to his character after spending decades as the whip-cracking, snake-hating archaeologist.
According to The Digital Fix, the Indiana Jones 5 release date might still be some weeks off, however the movie has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with critics mostly agreeing that Harrison Ford continues to provide an excellent performance as the character.
Variety writes that on Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival, Ford fought back tears several times at the premiere.
Ford, the outlet adds, was summoned to the stage by Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux to receive a surprise Palme d’Or after a reel of his greatest roles — from Star Wars to The Fugitive — played onscreen.
“I’m very moved by this,” Ford said. “They say when you’re about to die, you see your life flash before your eyes, and I just saw my life flash before my eyes. A great part of my life, but not all of my life. My life has been enabled by my lovely wife, who has supported my passion and my dreams, and I’m grateful.”
Ford has said his goodbyes to Indiana Jones telling Good Morning America how much joy it’s given him to be Indiana Jones.
“No, I mean I can’t tell you how much joy it’s given me to be Indiana Jones. I’ve done it five times and I’ve loved every time, even when it wasn’t as much admired as it sometimes was. Every time, the passion of the people involved has matched my passion. Because I love what this kind of film brings to an audience. The combination of adventure and emotion is really the elements of its success,” Ford said.
Ford once again plays the eponymous archeologist in this fifth series of the film. Set in 1969 against the space race, Indy must once again fight off heinous Nazis. Mads Mikkelsen and Boyd Holbrook co-star in the film.
Ford has stressed that Dial of Destiny is the end of his tenure playing Indiana Jones. “This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I’ll play the character,” Ford told Total Film magazine before Cannes. “I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film.” While he’s aware that Disney is developing an Indiana Jones series for Disney+, Ford said he “will not be involved in that, if it does come to fruition.”
Disney jetted its top executives, including CEO Bob Iger and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, to the South of France for the summer action film directed by James Mangold and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.