LOS ANGELES - Harrison Ford finally said out loud what “Indiana Jones” fans have known to be true for decades: No one else can ever play the role of Indy because Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones.
Ford appeared on NBC's “Today” on Friday for an interview related to his new voice-over role as the dog, Rooster, in “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” but the conversation eventually veered toward his time portraying a character that is arguably the most legendary archaeologist ever.
On the subject of Indiana Jones, host Craig Melvin began to ask Ford, “When you're done with that role,” and before he could finish the question, Ford threw his head back and chuckled with a wide grin spread across his face.
“Who would you like to see as Indiana Jones?” Melvin finished asking.
Ford put his hand on Melvin's shoulder, looked him straight in the eyes, and responded, “Nobody.”
“Nobody else is going to be Indiana Jones,” Ford continued, “Don't you get it? I'm Indiana Jones. When I'm gone, he's gone.”
The man has a point.
Ford was known for doing most of his own stunts, which added a personal style and flair to the Indiana Jones movies that was all his.
“I think we get some very important moments when I do it [stunts] myself,” Ford told the Associated Press in a 1989 feature.
“I think we have great moments of humor and characterization that occur in the midst of physical action. That characterizes these films. In an action-adventure film you lose sight of your protagonist when you see the back of the head of a stunt person.”