Crossing two big Hollywood stars in the same film can be an almost certain guarantee of success for Hollywood producers. However, sometimes the combinations just don’t work, and everything gets a little more difficult. This is what happened with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt in Intimate Enemy, the police thriller directed by Alan Pakula that in 1997 was a success among the public.
Who, almost 30 years later, recalled how complex that filming was due to the constant friction with his famous castmate was the protagonist of the Indiana Jones saga.
In an interview he gave to Esquire magazine, the veteran actor made a particular reference to the days he shared filming with Pitt. Although Ford had already referred to the subject – on several occasions he pointed out that Intimate Enemies was a difficult film to make – this time they asked him if he remembered why and they asked him to give more details, and he did not resist.
“Yes, I remember why,” he replied, and began to tell the story. “Brad developed the script. So they offered me the role. I saved my comments about the character and the construction of the thing: I admired Brad, ”the actor tore the story from him, and immediately made a clarification:“ First of all, I admire Brad. I think he is a wonderful actor. He is a really decent guy,” he clarified, and got fully into the reason for the conflict.
“We couldn’t agree on a director until we got to Alan Pakula, who I had worked with before but Brad hadn’t,” he explained. “Brad had this complicated character, and he wanted a complication on my side so it wasn’t just a battle between good and evil. And that’s when it occurred to me to shoot badly”, recalled Ford in relation to a scene from the film.
In the film, Ford plays a police officer who witnesses an illegal shooting by his partner and must decide whether to report it or cover it up. “I worked with a writer, but suddenly we were shooting and we didn’t have a script that Brad and I agreed on. Each of us had different ideas about it. I understand why he wanted to stay with his point of view, and I wanted to stay with my point of view, or was imposing my point of view, and it is fair to say that that is what Brad felt,” Ford reviewed. “It was complicated,” he closed, revealing that what really happened was a war of egos.
Despite the confrontation, the result for the artist was positive: “I really liked the film. A lot”, he closed.
In another fragment of the talk, Ford said that it is not in his immediate plans to publish an autobiography. The concern arose because Elton John once asked him why he had not written the book yet. “I told him, ‘I thought about it, but I decided I won’t do it because I don’t want to tell the truth,’ and I saw the disappointment on his face. Elton’s a pretty genuine guy, you know. I wanted to appease him, so I added: ‘But I wouldn’t want to lie either.’ “That’s the reason why I’m not writing a book: because I don’t want to tell the truth and I don’t want to lie,” he completed.
Ford’s Latest Film
Ford’s latest film, Indiana Jones and the Call of Destiny, which premiered at the Film Festival at Cannes, marks his “most emotional” performance, according to some critics. The actor, who first played the role in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, spoke about the retirement of the now classic character from movie history during a press conference this month.
“It is not obvious? I need to sit down and rest a bit. I love working and I love this character, and I love what he brought to my life, and that’s all I can say,” he clarified. However, before saying goodbye to the archaeologist, he warmly thanked the compliment of a chronicler who surprised at the press conference.
As part of a round trip with journalists, a woman told him that at eighty years old, she still considered that he “was very strong”, and that it had been a pleasure to discover him in the film in a scene in which He was bare-chested. Faced with those words, the actor responded mischievously: “The truth is that I was blessed with this body. Thanks for noticing”.