Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who has garnered a great deal of media attention due to his extreme views, said earlier this week that he was impressed with Harrison Ford’s support of the United States in the movie Air Force One. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford was not as admiring of Trump, telling the presidential candidate, “Donald, it was just a movie,” while on the Australian morning television show Studio 10.
Ford was on the television show to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens when the host mentioned Trump’s recent New York Times interview in which he said he admires Ford “not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America.”
Air Force One is a movie in which Ford portrays President James Marshall, the POTUS who ends up defending the presidential jet from terrorists. It was a movie, but it would seem that many pundits are taking the quote out of context; According to the New York Times, Trump had said that the public at large may have grown tired of restraint in their politicians and seemed to acknowledge that it was a movie.
“My favorite was Harrison Ford on the plane,” he said.
That did not stop Harrison Ford from taking a poke at the Republican presidential hopeful, though.
“Donald, it was a movie,” he said. “It’s not like this in real life. But how would you know?”
Ford has long been known as a Democratic supporter and for giving wonderfully dry, witty interviews on any subject. It would seem that Trump was not about to garner Ford’s support during his run for president, either.
During his Studio 10 interview, Ford pretended that he did not know about Trump’s political aspirations, and joked that he had thought Trump was in the running to become a president. He joked that he thought the idea of Trump running the United States might be a bit much to handle.
Even though it was only a movie, many might argue that Air Force One was definitely a box office heavyweight. Since the movie premiered 18 years ago, Box Office Mojo reports that the film earned nearly $173 million at the box office over its lifetime. Not bad for a movie that furthered Ford’s reputation as a man who could take on the bad guys.
It was only a movie, but Donald Trump seems to think that Ford did a great job in ridding Air Force One of terrorists and “stood up for America” well. Some might argue that Star Wars was only a movie as well. It was only a movie, but one where Harrison Ford found himself willing to return, nearly four decades later. He is returning to the role that brought him superstar status in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which bows in North America December 18.
“It should’ve felt ridiculous,” Ford said of returning to the Star Wars scene, the New York Post reported. He admitted that it was great to return to the world that really started his path to superstardom, and some were surprised, for Ford had long been determined that he had no desire to return to Han Solo’s galactic boots again.
Regardless of how Trump feels about Air Force One, it was only a movie, one where audiences got to see a president who was ready to take down the bad guys who threatened his life and those of others. To be sure, Harrison Ford’s remark to Trump hit the presidential hopeful with the speed of a Han Solo laser blast, and some Solo fans might argue in years to come whether Trump shot first or Ford did in an argument reminiscent of the Greedo vs. Han Solo debate that has been raging for Star Wars fans for years. Trump has not yet responded to Ford’s comment that it was a movie.
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