A reporter praised Ford's attractiveness and questioned his fitness regimen, to which he playfully acknowledged his timeless appearance and expresses gratitude.
Harrison Ford, the iconic Indiana Jones, continues to defy ageist expectations in an era that often glorifies youthfulness. Like a fine wine, the 80-year-old actor showcased his charm and wit during a press conference at the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival, where a reporter couldn't help but be captivated by his presence.
During a press conference for the promotion of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," Harrison Ford gracefully responded to a female reporter who couldn't help but acknowledge his enduring attractiveness. As she complimented the actor's appearance in the presence of director James Mangold and actor Mads Mikkelsen, the unidentified reporter's lighthearted remark caused the room to erupt in laughter, reports ET online.
Ford remained speechless and closed his eyes a few times as if taken aback by the compliment, but that didn't stop the reporter from continuing. "We were stunned to see you take your shirt off in the second scene, and you've still got it," she continued. "How do you keep fit? And can you ride a horse?" Ford accepted the compliment and thanked the heavens above for his timeless appearance after some quick banter. "Look, I've been blessed with this body," he sneered. "Thanks for noticing."
A reporter at #Cannes told Harrison Ford: "I think you're still very hot."— Variety (@Variety) May 19, 2023
Ford replied: "Look, I’ve been blessed with this body. Thanks for noticing!"https://t.co/c6p4UXtM4X #Cannes #IndianaJones pic.twitter.com/yuUfSQblOq
It's been a busy week for the 80-year-old actor, who made a rare red-carpet appearance with his wife, Calista Flockhart, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, for the world premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" on May 18. The couple hadn't walked the red carpet together since the Academy Awards in March 2018. However, her presence was more than justified, as Ford received an honorary Palme d'Or that night while inside the Grand Theatre Lumiere, according to Deadline.
Ford received a five-minute standing ovation and he also had the audience laughing after they played his career highlights. Taking the stage, Ford said, "I am pleased and honored, but I got a movie you gotta see. They say before you die, you see your life flash before your eyes, and I just saw my life flash before my eyes."
Harrison Ford deeply moved and humbled accepting an Honorary Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival. Well done on your achievement. https://t.co/70h0jtbI9E— Elizabeth Beckett (@Lizzie_Beckett) May 21, 2023
James Mangold directs the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones saga, and the opening sequence takes place between "The Last Crusade" (1989) and "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Ford has revealed that "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" will be his final performance as the archaeologist in an interview with Total Film magazine.
"This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I'll play the character," Ford said. "I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film." Those wishing for Ford to make an appearance in the television series that is in development, the actor added that he "will not be involved in that if it does come to fruition."