[after his first screen test] The studio guy told me, ‘Kid, you have no future in this business.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘When Tony Curtis first walked onscreen carrying a bag of groceries — a bag of groceries! — you took one look at him and said, THAT’S a movie star!’ I said, ‘Weren’t you supposed to say, ‘That’s a grocery delivery boy?’
My character is meant to know nothing about rap, and not to like it very much, but I know about it, because my kids make me listen to it. There’s some rap I do like very much. I like Eminem, Blackalicious. Check Out Our Awesome Collection Of Eminem Quotes
I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.
I’ve never wanted to be the boss.
To me, success is choice and opportunity. Harrison Ford Quotes
I used to shake my head, as in “No, I just look like him.” But that’s not fair. So I said to those little old ladies at Trenton Airport, “Yes, I am Harrison Ford”. And they still didn’t believe it was me.
[when asked, “If heaven exists, what would you want God to say to you at the pearly gates”?] You’re a lot better looking in person.
Parenting is an impossible job at any age.
Hollywood’s got its own particular environment. Check Out Our Awesome Collection Of Hollywood Jokes
[on Steven Spielberg] It’s hard to say why someone is successful or not successful, but Steven has all of the mental capacities and the film chops to make successful movies. I think he understands human emotion very well and he understands dramatic construction and he understands cinema. And if he chooses to do a popular film, it will likely be very successful. If he chooses to do something with a different kind of ambition, then Steven is secure enough I think to let the chips fall where they may.
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When I first started out, I was a bad actor.
Before, I was grateful for a job, almost any job. Now, I’m apprehensive but I know I have other options, and when I ask for the money, they pay it. It’s that simple. – Check Out More Really Funny Money Quotes –
(2010, on acting in film) I’m in it for the money. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. This is my job. Acting is my craft, I’ve spent my whole life working on it and I want to get paid well to do it, because otherwise I’m being irresponsible, not valuing what I do for a living. When I came into this business I didn’t even know the names of the movie studios – I was under contract to a studio for $150 a week. One thing I learned is that the studios had no respect for a person who was willing to work for them for that amount. So I realized that the value I put on my own work was the value and respect I would get back.
The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.
If I were a serious person, I’d probably have a real job.
I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship. Check Out More Funny Relationship Quotes
I have relationships with people I’m working with, based on our combined interest. It doesn’t make the relationship any less sincere, but it does give it a focus that may not last beyond the experience.
With the CGI, suddenly there’s a thousand enemies instead of six – the army goes off into the horizon. You don’t need that. The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That’s something that’s consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that’s a soulless enterprise. It’s all kinetics without emotion.
[on his marriage to Melissa Mathison] It was just part of the continuum of the relationship . . . I don’t know if I ever proposed to her. Check Out Our Awesome Collection Of Marriage Jokes
I enjoyed carpentry, and it was very good to me for 12 years.
You may get real tired watching me, but I’m not going to quit.
The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.
I rarely play a real person, because I don’t think I’m a good imitator. Harrison Ford Quotes
It doesn’t interest me to be Harrison Ford. It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don’t want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously.
The trick of this thing and the beauty of this thing is that it’s a cowboy movie first and then stuff happens. Even after stuff happens it doesn’t change – it hasn’t suddenly changed into another kind of movie. It’s still a cowboy movie. And that’s what’s incredible about it because nobody has done that before, that’s new territory.
What is news? It’s hard to quantify. Certainly news has changed completely, and the morning shows are not really designed to bring you the news, except to tell you what happened overnight, and the rest of it is a kind of magazine mentality – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. It’s harder to be an educated and informed citizen.
Am I grumpy? I might be. But I think maybe sometimes it’s misinterpreted.
What I observed about my fellow actors was that most gave up very easily.
The actor’s popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow.
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn’t pay very well.
I had a very strong feeling about the Vietnam War, and I had a strong feeling about participating in it. The military draft was in place, I was summoned for a physical exam, and I was either going to be classified as fit for military service or make my objection to it. So I made my objection to it.
My older kids are fantastic people. It can’t be the result of my influence on them.
All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor. Harrison Ford Quotes
Bikes and planes aren’t about going fast or having fun; they’re toys, but serious ones.
You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
It’s very little trouble for me to accommodate my fans, unless I’m actually taking a pee at the time.
I’ve always been somewhere down from the top, so I’ve never had to suffer being knocked off the top.
I accrued anger from people’s low opinion of me and my work, and for the work I might be capable of.
I was completely unprepared for the public spectacle my private life became, and didn’t like it a bit.
Really, what are the options? Levi’s or Wranglers. And you just pick one. It’s one of those life choices.
What’s important is to be able to see yourself, I think, as having commonality with other people and not determine, because of your good luck, that everybody is less significant, less interesting, less important than you are.
I think retirement’s for old people. I’m still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of nine years old, and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up. I’m enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can.
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The report would be ‘Routine retirement of a replicant,’ which didn’t make me feel any better about shooting a woman in the back.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. Harrison Ford Movie Quotes from Star Wars
If you’re asking me to acknowledge that I’ve gotten older, I can do that.
I was always very grateful I was never hot. In the entire length of my career, I haven’t been the most adored.
I get mad when people call me an action movie star. Indiana Jones is an adventure film, a comic book, a fantasy.
I was never that much a focus of interest in my career. I’m aware of that now, which doesn’t give me a lot of pleasure.
My goal was just to work regularly. I didn’t ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor.
I don’t do a huge amount of physical activity. I play tennis, I work out sporadically, and I eat well and take care of myself.
I don’t mind doing interviews. I don’t mind answering thoughtful questions. But I’m not thrilled about answering questions like, ‘If you were being mugged, and you had a lightsaber in one pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?’
Some actors couldn’t figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man. At a very early age, I knew I didn’t want to do what my dad did, which was work in an office.
I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won’t be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity.
I’m like old shoes. I’ve never been hip. I think the reason I’m still here is that I was never enough in fashion that I had to be replaced by something new.
Sometimes I try to improve the language, the lines, or the delivery, but I don’t ad-lib because I think that makes it really hard for everybody else involved.
I could take Sean Connery in a fight… I could definitely take him.
Everything I do, I’m sort of half in, half out.
There is no child left within me, none whatsoever.
I’m addicted to Altoids. I call them ‘acting pills.’
I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you’ve lost human scale.
The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.
I wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn’t want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges.
It took me a long time to figure out how to act, and how to conduct myself in the business so I could get what I felt I needed to support my potential and give them what they wanted.
I have the ordinary experience of being anonymous when I’m in an airplane talking to air-traffic control, and they don’t know who they’re talking to. I have a lot of common experiences.
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