BEVERLY HILLS, California — The beauty of Indiana Jones is that we always imagine him as being on the verge of another great adventure. It's impossible to imagine Indy sitting back in his porch chair with a glass of lemonade, screaming at kids to get off his lawn. Now, Harrison Ford is eager to pick up the whip and fedora one more time and get "Indiana Jones 5" filmed while he's still a convincing action star.
"I don't think I'll do it in a wheelchair," the legendary actor grinned Friday (January 8). "George [Lucas] is working on an idea, and if it comes to a fruitful stage, all of us are very interested in making another."
In 2008, after a 19-year absence, Ford revisited his classic adventurer alongside Spielberg and Lucas, all three of whom need to agree on any script in the "Indiana Jones" series. By many accounts, "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was a financial success but easily the weakest of the four films. Now, Ford is promising that the idea Lucas has for the fifth film is outrageous.
"Yeah," he said when reminded of a quote he gave saying that Lucas' idea was"crazy but great." Does he want to elaborate? "No," he responded.
"Some of the best ideas are crazy ideas, you know?" he conceded. "Well-wrought, well-manipulated.
"I think it would be interesting to advance the understanding of the character, as we always have had that ambition throughout the series," Ford said of what he needs to see in an "Indy 5" script before he's willing to step on the gas like Short Round in a Shanghai taxi cab. "I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son [Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf] and play on that relationship. ... It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity."
When talk turned to the biggest character development of "Crystal Skull" — Indy's marriage to Marion Ravenwood — Ford seemed amused by the concept that anyone would find scenes of their wedded life as exciting as the series' trademark stunts.
"Yeah, yeah," he deadpanned. "Really exciting.
"I think [scenes with a married Indy and Marion] would be nice grace notes," admitted the actor, who will next be seen in "Extraordinary Measures," a January 22 drama. "We'll see what we come up with.
"Karen [Allen]'s a wonderful actress, I've always enjoyed working with her," he added. "I'm hoping that there'll be a part for all of us in the next one."