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“It’s what I’ve spent my life doing”: 80-Year-Old Harrison Ford Refuses to Retire From Acting Despite Fans’ Concern Over His Health

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford counts himself among those lucky few who find satisfaction and pleasure in their jobs and seeks to return over and over again to their place of work until death does them part. It is this unquenchable thirst for Hollywood and all its machinations that make the Star Wars actor a treasure to be preserved, revered, and honored.

As the actor steps into the octagenarian demography, the obvious audience concern for the veteran actor’s health takes precedence in the collective consciousness and yet, Harrison Ford places himself above mortal concerns.

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford Refuses to Retire From Hollywood After 1923

During a recent interview, while gearing up for the launch of Yellowstone prequel, 1923, Harrison Ford opened up about what exactly it is about the industry that has catalyzed him into keeping at it even at 80.

“I’ve been working pretty much back-to-back, which is not what I normally do. I don’t know how it happened. But it happened. I love it. I love the challenge and the process of making a movie. I feel at home. It’s what I’ve spent my life doing. I’m here to sell a movie. I don’t want to reinvent myself. I just want to work.”

Harrison Ford in 1923
Harrison Ford in 1923

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The actor while speaking about his role in the Taylor Sheridan project joked about his age — “I’m 80, and I’m playing 77. It’s a bit of a stretch.” Ford’s latest movie, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny marks his fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, and yet, the movie which promises the nostalgic exit of musical genius John Williams doesn’t deter Harrison Ford from considering retirement as the natural next step from his expansive Hollywood career.

Harrison Ford’s Impressive Hollywood Presence

Harrison Ford’s journey to global stardom began with the Star Wars trilogy and his characterization of Han Solo remains one of the best definitions of franchise heroes. The subsequent ’80s that followed marked and solidified his status and success in the industry following his debut as Indiana Jones in the eponymous action-adventure franchise. Now, after a lifetime of delivering box office delights, the actor takes a step forward in the television sector with the visionary Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe prequel, 1923.

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

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Joined by the extraordinary Helen Mirren, 77, the duo portrays the veteran ranch owners, Jacob and Cara Dutton, and their struggles as they survive through the economic Great Depression, Prohibition, and Western expansion in the early half of the 20th century. The Western drama marks a change in the expressive actor’s career who has garnered a reputation as a franchise-helming action hero.

1923 debuted on Paramount+ on 18th December 2022. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny premieres on 30 June 2023.

Source: The New York Times 

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.