It's funny to think of Harrison Ford's latest Indiana Jones film as a goodbye. The 80-year-old received a five-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which many critics hailed as a proper and emotional sendoff for the character. But Ford has only ramped up his workload in recent years. He just starred in Shrinking on Apple TV+, wrapped the first season of 1923, the Yellowstone spinoff, and is about to join the Marvel universe as President Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross in Captain America: New World Order.
But after a highlight reel of Ford's work screened and director Thierry Frémaux beckoned the actor to come on stage to receive a surprise Palm d'Or Award, the waterworks began. "I’m very moved by this," Ford told the audience, per Variety. "They say when you’re about to die, you see your life flash before your eyes, and I just saw my life flash before my eyes. A great part of my life, but not all of my life. My life has been enabled by my lovely wife, who has supported my passion and my dreams, and I’m grateful." Ford arrived at the venue with his wife, Calista Flockhart, 58—with the venue reportedly announcing the couple as "Indiana Jones and Calista Flockhart." Cute. "I love you, too. But I’ve got a movie you ought to see," Ford continued. "It’s right behind me. So let me get out of the way, and thank you again for this great honor."
The actor previously revealed that this would be the last time he played Indiana Jones, and that any future projects from Disney would have to go on without his involvement. The new film uses de-aging technology to send Ford back in time and have him knock some Nazis out once again. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen round out the cast, with a premiere date set for June 30, 2023. Below, check out more reactions to Harrison Ford's big night:
— 🌍 David Senabre (@_David_Senabre_) May 19, 2023
Harrison Ford’s eyes are filled with tears after the premiere of INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY. It’s been an emotional night for him pic.twitter.com/qlCGYgc2eY
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 18, 2023
"There is no place like Cannes. I'm very proud of it."
Harrison Ford received a five-minute standing ovation at the 76th International Cannes Film Festival for his fifth #IndianaJones film. pic.twitter.com/nCII2VVLGS
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 19, 2023
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart for the Cannes Film Festival. 🤍 pic.twitter.com/WYSyR5Xrpu
— best of harrison ford (@hfordarchive) May 19, 2023
— Variety (@Variety) May 19, 2023
Harrison Ford's 80 and is promoting a film in Europe. I went to Whole Foods this morning and now can't leave the couch.
— SPENCE, TODD (@Todd_Spence) May 18, 2023
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 19, 2023
A reporter at #Cannes told Harrison Ford: "I think you're still very hot."
Ford replied: "Look, I’ve been blessed with this body. Thanks for noticing!"https://t.co/c6p4UXtM4X #Cannes #IndianaJones pic.twitter.com/yuUfSQblOq
— Variety (@Variety) May 19, 2023
Asked about his teary reaction last night, Harrison Ford said, "It was indescribable... It’s just extraordinary to see a kind of relic of your life as it passes by. But the warmth of this place, the sense of community, the welcome is unimaginable. It makes me feel good."
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 19, 2023
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