Star Wars actor Harrison Ford sat down for an interview during an Australian press tour on Wednesday and held nothing back regarding his feelings towards Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
NBC News reports that although Ford revealed how much he enjoys movies with heroic characters, he indicated that Trump may be watching too many films and in turn, is trying to emulate actors such as himself, who’ve played presidents in movies. Recently, Trump said that he loved the 1997 film Air Force One, in which Ford portrays a United States president who helps fight off Russian terrorists. According to Trump,
“I love Harrison Ford—and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America.”
When Ford heard about Trump’s comments, he indicated that movies are quite different than actually running a country.
“It’s a movie. Donald, it was a movie. It’s not like this in real life, but how would you know.”
Ford also touched on Trump’s comment about renting one of his properties. Fusion reports that Ford stated that although it’s been more than 10 years since he rented from Trump, he remembers that the apartment wasn’t that adequate.
“I really didn’t think it was such a good apartment. I didn’t think it was great architecture.”
In regards to Trump’s current views on politics, Ford feels that not only is Trump much different than he was a decade ago, but that the Republican presidential candidate is turning people against each other.
The Donald Trump that owned that building is not the same Donald Trump that I’m seeing now. We need a consciousness of what the country needs practically speaking, rather than ideologically speaking.”
Ford was in Australia to promote the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he also took time to take in the sun and cycle around Sydney on Monday.
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Although the actor probably wanted to enjoy a relatively low-key afternoon of exercise, filmers managed to capture footage of the 73-year-old as he pedaled his way through the sprawling park.
Fans in Australia will have the chance to meet Ford on Thursday, as he makes his way to the Sydney Opera House to attend a fan event and answer questions about the upcoming Star Wars movie. Fans in attendance are expected to range from young children to senior citizens, something that Ford says he’s happy about, yet not surprised with. He credits filmmaker George Lucas for creating films that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
“It keeps getting passed on, as family movies do, to succeeding generations as though there might be something in it worthwhile. I think it has a lot to do with George’s (Lucas) original invention and imagination. It has to do with good film-making skills.”
Since 1977, when Ford appeared as Han Solo on the original Star Wars movie, he’s been welcomed enthusiastically by fans across the world. He admitted that it took him quite a while to get used to the fame, and it’s something that he’s still surprised with at times, but he also cherishes the fact that he’s been able to bring joy to so many people.
“It’s still surprising to be in a circumstance where you’re exposed to the degree of warmth that is invested and given. So, yeah, it’s a pretty emotionally interesting phenomenon.”
Harrison Ford returns as Hans Solo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, slated for release in theaters on December 17.
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