Harrison Ford has been in the news quite a bit lately. Not only has he signed on for the next Indiana Jones movie, but he will also reprise the role of Han Solo in the newly announced Star Wars reboot.
The Star Wars movie sounds great as long as the Han Solo character is age appropriate. Let’s be sensible, Harrison is old; the action scenes should be kept to a minimum. Han Solo with a blaster in one hand, and tugging at his Depends with the other would be terribly disappointing. And the Life Alert medallion hanging around his neck?
“I’ve been blasted and I can’t get up!’
Uncool. Yoda should be the only character in Star Wars who walks with a cane and has a shriveled penis. If it’s done correctly, a 70-year-old Harrison Ford can still pull off a convincing and loveable rogue like Han Solo. But in this case, less action is better.
Indiana Jones is a different story.
The last Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sucked with a capital “S”. The acting was good, the directing was good, but let’s face it, the story blew. Hiding from a nuclear bomb inside a refrigerator is not exactly true science. I think that’s why this time around, Steven Spielberg said he won’t direct the new movie unless George Lucas writes the story AND the screenplay, which is probably a good idea.
Indiana Jones is a physically demanding role, and I just don’t know if Harrison Ford can make me believe – audiences are too sophisticated to use a stuntman in every scene.
My question has always been, why can’t we simply replace Harrison Ford with a new actor? It’s been done six times for James Bond, and no one seems to care. It’s been done with Jason Bourne, and the franchise is still going strong. Hell, it was even done with Darren on Bewitched and no one noticed. Change is not always bad.
I grew up with Roger Moore as James Bond, but you know what? Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have been every bit as good, and sometimes better.
So here are my picks for a new Indiana Jones:
5. Nathan Fillion
4. Robert Downey Jr.
3. Leonardo Dicaprio
2. Brad Pitt
1. Hugh Jackman
These are my personal choices. What are yours?