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Harrison Ford On Han Solo, His Ender’s Game’s Role, And The Orson Scott Card Controversy

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harrison ford enders gameHarrison Ford and Comic-Con are not the old friends that some might suspect. In fact, when he appeared yesterday in San Diego, ostensibly to answer questions about Ender’s Game — which predictably turned into a bunch of Star Wars and Indiana Jones questions — it was only his second appearance. (First was Cowboys and Aliens. ’nuff said.) During the talk, Ford said that Han Solo wouldn’t have been a good fit for Colonel Graff’s army, and shared what brought him to the role in the first place.

One Brazilian man shared his dreams of becoming Indiana Jones since he was a kid, then asked Ford what he thought about Solo joining Graff. “You know, you and I have a lot in common,” Ford
joked. “I used to dream about being Indiana Jones when I was younger. Not so much anymore. I don’t think Han Solo would be good as a soldier in anybody’s army. I think he’s what we call now an independent contractor.” I think the world of Star Wars and Léon: The Professional should come together, where Solo somehow saves Natalie Portman’s Padmé Amidala from her dysfunctional family. Might have a few time travel issues, but otherwise, it’s gold!

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Ender’s Game Recruitment Video And Fan Experience Photos

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The fate of the Earth is at stake, people! The buggers will destroy us all if we don’t get our army built up and maxed out! Harrison Ford (as Ender’s Game‘s Colonel Graff) wants you to test your mettle and see if you’ve got what it takes to prepare for futuristic warfare. Or maybe this is just a promotional video to get people interested in the film. But you can’t cage the spacebear once he’s been unleashed!

There is some dazzling new footage in the video above, showing off the film’s slick visuals, though Ford’s appearance looks dated enough to have been filmed when Orson Scott Card’s novel came out. The clip directs you to a Strategic Aptitude Test, which works the same as most of these viral campaigns do. (Remember Pacific Rim, anyone?) They ask you a series of questions, in which a couple of your Facebook friends will make an odd appearance, and then you either get recruited or you don’t. It’s all about the greater good! Check out my Rat Army recruitment screen below.

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Ender’s Game Has Big Comic-Con Plans, Minus Orson Scott Card

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ender's gameThe San Diego Comic-Con is so massive at this point, it only seems natural for films to eventually branch away from the pop culture-soaked event to become entirely separate entities. A festival solely promoting adaptations of young adult novels could easily match the audience and hype of the SDCC without much effort. And from there, the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s celebrated novel Ender’s Game could host its own mini-festival.

But for now, the film is content just to take over its own portion of the convention, setting up huge interactive displays to accompany the standard booth. But all of this will be done without Card present, as the novelist — also a producer on the film — has been completely absent from the film’s advertising thus far, undoubtedly due to the public backlash against the author following another display of his staunchly anti-homosexual beliefs. Though really, it isn’t clear if Summit Entertainment is avoiding Card, or the other way around. They’ll have to bring him out at some point before the film’s release to appease the masses who wouldn’t be watching this movie if they didn’t love the book so much.

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Harrison Ford’s Feud With Chewbacca Continues On Jimmy Kimmel Live

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With a new Star Wars trilogy in the works, it’s a given that everyone on the planet wants to ask Harrison Ford about it. But Harrison Ford is not your dancing monkey. He was on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42 — for the record, Ford is not playing Jackie Robinson — so he agreed to answer a few audience questions, so long as they didn’t concern Star Wars. Things were going about as well as you’d expect until…that damn Wookiee showed up.

As you can see above, Ford and his former Wookiee co-star aren’t exactly on speaking/grunting terms these days, all owing to a mysterious incident involving Chewie and one of Ford’s ex-wives. He has never gone into detail, but during a previous run-in with Chewbacca on Kimmel’s show, he screamed, “She was my wife! She’s still spitting up hairballs!” Ouch.

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Harrison Ford Talks About Returning To Star Wars

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A few weeks ago, George Lucas seemed pretty sure that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher would return to the Star Wars universe to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, respectively, in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. So while we wait until Disney and Lucasfilm to officially confirm their involvement, Harrison Ford talked about how he feels about returning to the iconic role.

In an interview with MTV, Ford commented on being at the center of successful landmark movies such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Ford also spoke about returning to the roles that made him a celebrity in Hollywood.

It might be nice, depending on the circumstances, to revisit any one of those characters. What interests me now is the opportunity to work at all and to work on ambitious projects. I can’t think that way. What I’m looking for is the next opportunity, the next ambitious opportunity. It doesn’t matter if it’s one of those. If it’s one of those, great. If it’s not, that’s fine too.

It’s no secret that Harrison Ford has criticized George Lucas’ ability to write dialogue in the past. As far as how he feels about Lucas today, and the possibility of working with him again, Ford says, “I might have said things in the past that were characterizations of how I felt at the time. That was then. This is now. It doesn’t matter.”

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Cowboys And Aliens And Indiana Jones

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cowboys and aliensIron Man 2 director Jon Favreau’s next project takes a break from the superhero genre and tackles both aliens and cowboys all at once. Appropriately, it’s called Cowboys and Aliens and now maybe it’s Cowboys and Aliens and Indiana Jones.

Last night Favreau tweeted this tidbit: “Some very cool Cowboys & Aliens casting news coming soon…”

Latino Review claims that news is Harrison Ford joining the cast of the film. No word on what role he’d play, and right now it’s just an unconfirmed rumor, but he seems more cowboy than alien to me.

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