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Miraculously, Ford seems genuinely amused at the end
August 19, 2013 5:14 AM   Subscribe


 
interesting transformation from an eye-rolling what-am-I-even-doing-here dude to someone who actually has fun, at the end.
Hadn't realized that he was such a pointer.
posted by Namlit at 6:03 AM on August 19, 2013


All my life, I've been complete divorced from and unable to understand the entire celebrity-worship thing. But I love Harrison Ford. Many of my favorite movies would not have been nearly as good without him.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:06 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


The term 'celebrity-worship' is very loaded, but I suspect you're just appreciating a particular practitioner of their craft.

You can be a fan of someone's acting abilities/performances without worshiping their celebrity status (even though perception is easily muddled/distorted by reach/intrinsic value).
posted by panaceanot at 6:18 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's certainly true. I guess it would be more accurate to say that I'm usually completely clueless as to what's happening in Hollywood. I just think Harrison Ford is pretty damn cool.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:29 AM on August 19, 2013


Heh. He even points when he's on the phone, and the "arms crossed and pointing in two different directions" clip was a real gem.
posted by orange swan at 6:35 AM on August 19, 2013 [3 favorites]



posted by mazola at 6:35 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ford's not the most versatile actor but he sure does angry well.
posted by octothorpe at 7:25 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why is Harrison Ford at Supercuts? Can't he afford a real hairdresser?
posted by paladin at 7:44 AM on August 19, 2013 [6 favorites]


he sure does angry well

I think that's because his default face seems set to 'grumpy'. I was surprised to see him actually laughing at the end. I like him though. I like actors who are more likely to tell you to piss off than be fake-Hollywood-smiley.
posted by billiebee at 7:50 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Even more shocking: Denzel Washington makes a lot of guarantees.
posted by ColdChef at 8:05 AM on August 19, 2013


Even when he's grumpy, Ford is kind of adorable, instead of scary. That's his real secret. His widdle squishy (now somewhat jowly) face.
posted by emjaybee at 8:19 AM on August 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


eye-rolling what-am-I-even-doing-here dude

I think he might just be performing there, playing some kind of long-suffering straight man.
posted by stebulus at 8:24 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Consider another Harrison Ford/Conan interview: this legendary performance.
posted by vogon_poet at 8:44 AM on August 19, 2013


I think he might just be performing there, playing some kind of long-suffering straight man.

Yup, Ford has a very long running, probably started as real but is now kind of a goof, thing on the few talk shows he does that he is grumpy, bored, frustrated.

I do know he has some serious dislike of crowds, media, glitz, large groups of people, etc, which could be where that started.
posted by Cosine at 9:03 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


he sure does angry well

He does angry and he does "getting beat the hell up" well, too. The whole wide-eyed, stunned, ragdoll body, mouth-agape thing--he has it down.

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posted by oflinkey at 9:16 AM on August 19, 2013


You'd be angry too if people were always menacing your wife and family.
posted by sysinfo at 9:28 AM on August 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


He also has a pretty consistent record of roughing people up on assorted large-scale vehicles and following it up with a grumpy quip, eg

- Beats up a guy and tosses him out of a Zeppelin: "No ticket!"
- Beats up the one-armed man on the L, handcuffs him to a pole, and for good measure slams his head against the wall: "You missed your stop."
- Beats up a guy on Air Force One and tosses him out the back: "Get off my plane!"
posted by A dead Quaker at 10:24 AM on August 19, 2013




Harrison Ford points at Chewbacca the Wookie too.

See also
posted by Shatner's Bassoon at 10:40 AM on August 19, 2013


- Beats up a guy on Air Force One and tosses him out the back: "Get off my plane!"

Somewhere about a decade ago I remember a joke list of potential sequels to popular movies and one of them was a sequel to Air Force One set in the White House that would have ended with Harrison Ford kicking the chief baddy out the front door yelling "Get out of my house!". I'm a little amused that they actually did make that movie (Die Hard in The White House) twice this year.
posted by octothorpe at 10:44 AM on August 19, 2013


Pointing can be...addictive? for some actors. An acting teacher actually gave me a quota of one pointing per monologue -- and it was difficult for me to achieve. I want to point all the time when I'm acting.
posted by amtho at 10:46 AM on August 19, 2013


See also: the current version of Harrison Ford's Mighty Finger, which has been one of my favorite internet places for years and years.
posted by immlass at 11:22 AM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Harrison Ford's grumpiness is endearing in the way of Grumpycat's grumpiness. Like, in my fluffy girlhood fantasies of running off to become a space pirate and marry Han Solo, he always shows his love by scowling at me in exasperated affection.

That characteristic cynical Ford-snark is also incredibly useful in the context of scifi works as a tool to direct the audience's suspension of disbelief. Ford!Han Solo's sardonic skepticism of the fluffy space-magic called the Force pegs him as a savvy guy, so his automatic acceptance of the giant walking ball of hair and the spaceship made of blinky lights lend them credulity. It is easier to accept Ford!Indiana Jones's miraculous escapes from magic Nazis, armies of snakes, and giant rolling rocks because he's so obviously exasperated a la "Oh, here we go again with the death-defying escapes, GREAT," that one must accept that this is annoying mundane death-defying that plausibly Just Happens A Lot to Indy.

In turn, this stuff makes Ford's non-scifi performances all the more entertaining, as he reacts with the exact level of grump to both, oh, being shot at by Stormtroopers and being stuck in a traffic jam. Same shit, different day.
posted by nicebookrack at 11:28 AM on August 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


I learned recently that Harrison Ford has social anxiety, which is why he looks ticked off in his interviews. He's not grumpy, he's afraid.

I can't not see it now. He just looked petrified in this video.
posted by rebent at 4:39 PM on August 19, 2013


"I said, knock it off!"
posted by stebulus at 8:33 PM on August 22, 2013


That guy should do Walken, anyone. Can do, Walken.
posted by vrakatar at 8:44 PM on August 22, 2013


Surprised they didn't use the most famous Star Wars finger shot.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:55 AM on August 26, 2013


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