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‘His soul might ache’: Indiana Jones 5 Director James Mangold Teases Harrison Ford’s Character is Depressed Because No One is Ready to Acknowledge He’s Old

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Hollywood star Harrison Ford will be back in action in the upcoming action-adventure Indiana Jones 5. The 80-year-old actor is set to reprise his role as the adventurer and archeologist in the fifth and final installment in the series. However, despite being in his 80s, the actor is not planning to retire as he “feels at home” when he is working on a project. He has said that he loves the “challenge and process” of making a film.

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5

However, that may not be the case for his character in the 1981 action-adventure film series. While talking about Indiana Jones in his recent interview, director James Mangold hints that Ford’s character could be depressed in the upcoming film.

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James Mangold Appears to Confirm Indiana Jones 5 Rumor

James Mangold has earlier said that Indiana Jones 5 is a movie about “a hero at sunset” as it is expected to be Harrison Ford’s last run as the adventurer. As the film nears its release, several rumors about the upcoming film have become a topic of discussion among fans. And the director of Indiana Jones 5 has seemingly confirmed one of the rumors about the lead star of the film.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

During his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mangold shared that Ford’s age served him with “challenges and opportunities” for the film. He said that no one can hide from where they are in their lives, and the same follows in Indiana Jones’ case.

And this is the reason he wanted to follow “Harrison’s own lead” for the fifth installment in the franchise that follows Indiana Jones in his early 70s. The Logan director said,

“It’s not just a movie about a hero in his twilight years who is called back into action. It’s more than just that his bones might ache, it’s that his soul might ache or that some of his optimism or sense fitting into the world might have evaporated.” 

Indiana Jones
A still from Indiana Jones

Earlier rumors claimed that Harrison Ford’s character could be depressed in the film due to the death of his son Mutt Williams. Mutt Williams, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf, was first introduced in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

However, Mangold’s statement seems to be hinting that the reason behind his depression could be him being in his “twilight years.” And how challenging it is for him to fit into a world that has moved on and evolved. However, the Ford v Ferrari director has said that the film will address Mutt Williams’ absence.

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Indiana Jones 5 Could Address Mutt Williams’ Absence

The 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull introduced Shia LaBeouf as Indiana Jones’ son, Mutt Williams. However, he will not be reprising his character in the upcoming film, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

And the director has said that his absence will be addressed in the upcoming film. While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Mangold said that he cannot reveal much information about the film as it would “give the movie away.” But he did mention that Mutt Williams would not be in the film, and the film would explain the reason behind his absence.

The reason behind LaBeouf not returning to the film series could be his criticism of the film, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, and controversies surrounding him. Many also believe that the character would most likely be declared deceased in the latest edition of Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is set to release on 30 June 2023.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.