Harrison Ford dislikes CGI
Harrison Ford says he has no time for CGI-enhanced movies.
The 68-year-old actor, who is famed for his role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the title character in the Indiana Jones film series, is starring in upcoming science fiction thriller Cowboys & Aliens.
The American star plays the role of Colonel Dolarhyde in the movie, which tells the story of a group of cowboys that stand in the way of a spaceship taking over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region.
Harrison says he prefers action movies to have a real sense of danger and not be too digitally enhanced, otherwise the audience loses sight of the threat.
“I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you’ve lost human scale,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “With the CGI, suddenly there’s a thousand enemies instead of six – the army goes off into the horizon. You don’t need that. The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That’s something that’s consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that’s a soulless enterprise. It’s all kinetics without emotion. I don’t have time for that.”
The actor says he enjoyed working with director Jon Favreau. Harrison, who stars alongside Olivia Wilde and Daniel Craig in the movie, says that the filmmaker surpassed his expectations.
“It’s been really gratifying, I have to say. A lot of that is because of Jon, who has surprised me with his spirit and his insight, and I only say that I was surprised because I knew him better as an actor than as a filmmaker,” he said."He’s a very clever actor but as a director he’s shown that he can solve the problems that come up every day and not become mechanical.”