There was a time when the name Harrison Ford was synonymous with “cool” and “smooth”… and maybe even “rebellious.” He was Han Solo. His turns in Blade Runner and the first three Indiana Jones films (among others) upheld this image — lord knows I totally had a crush on him back in the day.
Then he entered into more of an “action-thriller” stage, starting with 1992′s Patriot Games and continuing through 1997′s Air Force One. That was all fine and dandy with most people. But then the early 2000s only held one high point for Ford career-wise: playing Dr. Norman Spencer opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath.
In the mid-2000s he officially entered what many judged to be a “grumpy phase,” reprising his role as an “I’m too old for this sh-t” Indy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But by that time, he’d already gained a personal reputation for being prickly and unfriendly, was even called out on it during his appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show in 2006.
This year we saw Ford as the stubborn and grouchy — but brilliant — researcher in Extraordinary Measures (currently in redboxes), which only served to cement his reputation both on and off-screen.
Now, I’m not saying that seeing Ford as a crotchety old coot is a bad thing; I rather liked him in Extraordinary Measures. I’m just merely stating a fact: there is no denying that the beloved actor has officially transitioned into a new category of roles — that of the irritable sixty-something who will eventually dole out life lessons to others… lessons that he had to learn the hard way, of course.
Case in point is his upcoming turn in Morning Glory. In this newsroom-based comedy, he plays fading anchor Mike Pomeroy, who’s dragged back into the spotlight by Rachel McAdams. I think it looks half-way decent… what do you think?
There’s something about Diane Keaton that has always seriously bugged me — but I am excited about the rest of the cast and think that Morning Glory could possibly be pretty cute. I especially like how Ford’s character was serving up a ton of inappropriate on-air disses. So my take is that the grumpy thing is working for him and he should just continue to run with it. We’ll see if I’m wrong when the movie opens on November 12!