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Nerdist Podcast: Harrison Ford
Episode 430: Nerdist Podcast
Harrison Ford
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Nerdist Podcast: Harrison Ford

The guys sit down with Harrison Ford at SDCC to talk about life before Star Wars, what he brings to his characters, and some of his favorite movies!

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Comments

  1. Sorry for the late comment. I’m just now discovering this treasure trove that is the Nerdist Podcast. I think this interview went fine. At least, until the reddit questions came up, which were pretty dumb. Harrison has always been awkward in interviews, but I think that’s more of a deal where he probably doesn’t enjoy being put on the spot. That, and I think the older interviewees are more prone to be reserved, like in the Morgan Freeman interview. I think Chris got him to open up a bit and made it quite enjoyable.

  2. I think this interview went fine. Harrison had always been pretty awkward during interviews, and this one was surprisingly not that. I really enjoyed the analogy he gave about film making with the flying and the hangar.

  3. David says:

    @jdphd

    “It’s not an altruistic duty… just a regular ol’ fashioned duty. I’m not allowed to be a belligerent douche at my work and then expect people to respect me. I don’t expect cuddly, but I do expect pleasant. It really is not a lot to ask.”

    Who says it’s any kind of duty? He’s not being a “belligerent douche” at all, and he’s not even at his work. No, his work is acting in movies, not this extra stuff. And who says he expects anyone to respect him either?
    This is all assumption and misconception.
    Perhaps it’s your expectations that are the problem here?

  4. Myke says:

    I think this was an interesting demonstration of just how hard it is to interview someone.

    Ford showed up, ready to be honest, but with a challenge: take me down a path I’ve never been down before.

    You could tell when Ford had gone down a “new” path near the beginning, because he lit up! He spoke louder and more enthusiastically. Then when he realized it was going back to the usual stuff, he shut down again.

    I don’t think it’s Chris’ fault; Ford is certainly a difficult personality to surprise when he’s been giving interviews for decades. Still, it was neat to get a glimpse of a Harrison Ford with passion.

    One side note, I think Ford showed a bit of his lack of depth in terms of what he brings to a movie. The way he described “choosing” roles, I almost wonder if a team is put together that knows how to work with him, and only then does a project come to light.

    With the attitude he brings, along with the very one-note approach, I can’t imagine a lot of people being impressed with his “craft.”

  5. jdphd says:

    It’s not an altruistic duty… just a regular ol’ fashioned duty. I’m not allowed to be a belligerent douche at my work and then expect people to respect me. I don’t expect cuddly, but I do expect pleasant. It really is not a lot to ask.

  6. Stephen says:

    As I lifetime Harrison Ford fan, I have to say this is one of the better interviews I’ve heard with him. Good on you – he seems like a pretty tough guy to crack. There are plenty of horribly awkward Ford interviews out there, and this definitely isn’t one of them.

  7. Manu says:

    You shouldn’t blame yourself for how this interview turned out, Chris – I’ve seen him interviewed elsewhere and they all come across the same way.

  8. David says:

    I didn’t think the apologetic introduction was necessary – it wasn’t a bad interview at all IMO. I think Harrison Ford is a slightly misunderstoiod guy. He doesn’t put on airs and graces and he seems to exude a certain brooding intensity that almost suggests he could explode in a fit of rage at any given moment. Yet he doesn’t explode in a fit of rage does he? No, instead he turns up, makes an effort, thoughtfully answers the quetions and consistently tries to be funny. OK so his sense of humour is a little leftfield but at least he tries. I personally love that kind of sense of humour anyway.
    People seem to think that just because someone is an actor they have some kind of altruistic duty to mankind to be available, and charming and cuddly and loveable in their free time. WHY??? It’s just another job – you should expect all personality types to do it. They’re not beholden to anyone to be how they want them to be or to do any of this other crap on top of their day job. Maybe people need to re-examine who needs to grow up here.
    Anyway I thought it was a good interview so thank you gents.

  9. jdphd says:

    Why are people justifying Harrison’s behavior? I know I’m a little late to this party, but he was and has simply been a dick for more than 30 years now. Listen to this episode back to back with the Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, or Tom Hanks. Stan Lee was messing with Chris and being comedic. What Ford was doing wasn’t deadpan ,eccentric, or interesting in any way. You shouldn’t need to tell a man is his seventies to grow the fuck up and stop acting like a grumpy child.

  10. MEEfO says:

    Harrison’s got an extraordinarily dry sense of humor, but it is his humor after all that drives it, and not arrogance or privilege. I believe Chris handled it fine, and judging by the background laughter I don’t necessarily feel that the humor in Mr. Ford’s attitude and responses was lot on those in the room.

  11. rhzunam says:

    I thought the interview was going to be bad because of what Chris has said. Then I read all the comments and thought it would be the total opposite. Turns out Chris was right. Ford was really tough and was the main reason why the interview was so awkward. He didn`t help at all and although he answered well, he really was cranky and just didn`t cooperate. But Chris was never loose and it did contribute to the awkwardness. It also happened with others but I think they shook it up a little while Chris didn`t. If you add the bad quality of the audio and other problems (women talking to each other and interrupting) it does end up being a bad episode.

    People are too supportive here. It ends up destroying the credibility of people. It`s like one of those movie critics that ends up praising every movie and giving positive reviews, in the end they don`t help at all and only end up devaluing their opnion. The correct thing to help would be to tell the truth, that Chris is a good interview and you can`t be perfect. A bad episode in a while is more than ok. Chris accepted his failings and it`s all good. But tyring to act as if it was a great interview does more harm than good.

  12. Taka says:

    I Think you were way to hard on your self. I am a huge fan of Star Wars but not so much Harrison ford. This one of the few interviews I have really enjoyed listening to with him. Job well done.

  13. I will listen to any advertisement that involves Star Wars jokes and a Jabba the Hutt impression. Holy smokes that was funny. Well done.

  14. L.M. Oliver says:

    Balderdash, Mr. Hardwick! This was a hilarious episode. Ford is in a class of his own, that class being “belligerent-awkward-deadpan comedian,” and you guys really let him shine. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  15. Ash says:

    Honestly… I found this interview hysterical! I think Chris just got in his own head about it, because it was awesome!

  16. Steve says:

    Harrison just seems like a really sarcastic and tired person, he doesn’t come off as that much of a jerk. Well, to me anyway.

  17. Glenda says:

    This was actually one of my favorite interviews with Harrison Ford. I think his sense of humor can be hard to read and it doesn’t always come through well in interviews, but I chuckled far more than I expected to while listening to this podcast. Thanks for going ahead and posting the podcast, Chris!

  18. Christopher says:

    This one was worth listening to, because after a combination of Chris and the Sister Wives drawing him out and Ford deciding to participate more fully, he actually had some interesting things to say.

    I do think this was more of an interview-style podcast rather than a conversation that Chris would prefer to have, but I think it was worth listening to. Doesn’t exactly make me all fanboy for Harrison Ford, but that’s ok.

    Oh, and to the couple of haters on here saying how lame the podcast/podcasters are…please put up 430 episodes of your own podcast up so we all can judge your worthiness to be on the internet, let alone exist.
    If Ford was more willing to participate it might have been an interview with a “commanding powerful genius”, but it was just an interview with a successful actor that just does his job and doesn’t really seem to think twice about it.

  19. ArchieLeach says:

    this was a good podcast and Ford is always a fascinating interview because he likes to let things sit there instead of constantly filling silence. One of the reasons I think it might have sputtered a little is that, much like the Ron Perleman episode it still felt like an interview and it never really turned into a conversation which is what Chris is best at. When he had big stars like Jeff Bridges and Tom Hanks on it clicked in pretty much right away. But with Ron it took a while to really feel like just two nerd talking and this one just never got there for whatever reason. Still great to hear.

  20. Matt says:

    I saw a lot of comments saying Harrison Ford never gives a good interview. If you want to see/hear a GREAT Harrison For interview check out his episode of Inside the Actors Studio. It was after this interview I knew why Harrison Ford was my favorite actor.

  21. Stephanie says:

    He got the author wrong for Mosquito Coast, but his over confidence covers any holes in his memory.

  22. Jenni says:

    I was prepared for the worst and this wasn’t it. You didn’t suck and Harrison didn’t give you much in return. Go easy on yourself Chris. Matt and Jonah did great, too, trying to open him up. He clearly does not enjoy interviews. He’s an introvert and they’re tough nuts to crack.

  23. Heather says:

    I agree about the suckage. It kept expecting more questions for exploring “Why is Chris Hardwick a teenage girl?”, though. In Chris’s first person, of course, such as, “Harrison, why am I getting wet over here?”

  24. Anthony says:

    Harrison Ford was on Jimmy Fallon the other night and he pierced Jimmy’s ear. Looked like he was having fun, in his stoic Harrison Ford-like way.

    This interview was great, I don’t think it needed that big preface about how nervous you were: Anybody would have been nervous. :)

  25. Frank says:

    man, this was so bad, but I couldn’t turn it off. I had to see where the interview would go.

    I wasn’t disappointed in you Chris, more so disappointed in Harrison Ford for being so…boring.

    Sometimes its best not to meet your heroes…

  26. Joshua says:

    After hearing a few previous mentions about how nervous Chris was for this episode to come out, I thought it was great. I think it’s become common knowledge that Harrison Ford loves screwing with interviewers, but I thought he kept it pretty reigned in from what I’ve seen in previous interviews.

  27. John says:

    I get that Chris was nervous (as a lot of us would be, Harrison Ford is notorious for being difficult) but I think everyone is being a little too rough on themselves in the intro. This wasn’t in anyway a failure, it was charming and entertaining as hell… And it was pretty interesting to hear from a guest who made the interview more difficult than it had to be… It was almost antagonistic, and either way Ford was funny as hell. So stop beating yourself up, Chris.

  28. JUS7IAN says:

    This interview only shows the true fact that Chris and the guys are just unknowns. Sure to us, The Nerdist Podcast team are the shit but when you start putting it into perspective, these guys are just a bunch of nerds with awkward questions/scenarios that only a regular Joe could relate to and or accept. Harrison Ford is an eccentric. This interview went the best way it could given the circumstance (three nerdy interviewers that talk big and are trying to all communicate their relating ideas to one brilliant, famous, eccentric star that commands every room he walks in) He’s not grumpy he’s a commanding powerful genius.

  29. Kristoffer says:

    after all the lead up and stuff in past episodes of the guys talking about how this was a bad interview + the hostful intro saying it wasn’t that great i was pleasantly surprised by just how good it was.

    cheer up Chris, it was good!

  30. BassBone says:

    This wasn’t all that bad! Parts of it were really enjoyable. Harrison Ford is just a grumpy old man. He’s a brilliant actor, but not a great personality. This was certainly better than the Buzz Aldrin episode.

  31. Anna says:

    I’ll be honest, I was prepared for this to be terrible. Outside of the usual slight awkwardness that tends to mark Harrison Ford’s interviews, I thought this was great. Honestly, you got a lot out of him – I’m impressed. I really enjoyed this episode, and think you honestly maintained your composure pretty well for being such a huge fan of his. It’s a little more conventional than your usual interviews, but that’s not necessarily bad. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you’re one of the best interviewers out there today.

  32. Robin says:

    Harrison Ford is usually pretty curt and cranky in interviews – so this is one of the better ones I’ve heard! I’ve never heard so much from him. Don’t be too hard on yourself, Chris! The fanboy moment was pretty funny though! :)

  33. Moe says:

    Don’t see where the drama is on this episode.
    Chris did a great job, Ford was honest and direct and fairly amusing. Great stories!

  34. Brian says:

    Hey Chris besides Harrison Ford and Steve Martin who else would make you nervous?

  35. Joey Joejoe says:

    Maybe the questions weren’t great, but Ford is just a miserable turd. I found this article very fitting:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/harrison-ford-begs-agents-to-just-let-him-die-now,34408/

  36. Hari Seldon says:

    Good lord, I love Harrison Ford and all but he just seemed so tired and old in this interview. Obviously he doesn’t like talking about himself or being interviewed but that’s no excuse to act like a grumpy old man for an hour.

    I don’t know, I almost felt like Chris should have fired back with more antagonistic questions, like: “So Indiana Jones 4? What the hell happened there? Also, did they not have coffee on set because you barely seemed awake in most scenes?”

  37. CAFcomics says:

    You are welcome! Sure, no problem :-)

    Love from Comic Book Kid.
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    Cheers.