Harrison Ford Regrets Turning Down a Role for a Classic Thriller

by Josh Lanier

Come on, Harrison Ford, save some movie roles for the rest of us. The man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard said he regrets turning down a role that netted another A-list actor an Oscar.

Producers wanted Harrison Ford to play the complicated and compromised CIA agent Bob Barnes in the 2005 film Syriana. Ford turned it down, and the role went to George Clooney, who packed on pounds and picked up an Academy Award for his performance. Clooney gave up all vanity for the role, and he’s nearly unrecognizable in the political thriller.

Ford didn’t like the script when he first read it. But he realized his mistake when he saw the movie. The producers fixed the problems he had with the script before it made it to the screen.

“I didn’t feel strongly enough about the truth of the material, and I think I made a mistake,” Ford told The Irish Examiner. “I think the film underwent some changes, and I think a lot of it is very truthful. The things that I thought weren’t, were obviated after I left the table.”

Syriana has a stellar cast already, but Ford would have been a nice addition. Though, topping Clooney’s affected performance wouldn’t have been easy.

At least saying no to Syriana gave Harrison Ford more time to crash his planes.

Who Will Replace Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones Franchise?

Harrison Ford will don the fedora and whip for the final time in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5. He returned to the set in October after suffering an injury during filming earlier this year. It’s unclear if they’ve wrapped filming the movie or not.

It isn’t due out until 2023. While it’s Harrison Ford’s last time playing the role, it’s probably not the last we’ve heard from the franchise. Hollywood doesn’t like to leave piles of cash on the table. So, rumors abound about who will lead the series going forward, and one of the early front runners is surprising.

Reports say Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who wrote and starred in Amazon’s award-winning comedy Fleabag, could land the lead in a future sequel. She’ll appear in the still-unnamed Indiana Jones 5, but producers haven’t told us much about her role, including her character’s name. Reports from the set say she is playing Jones’ assistant in the movie.

Kathleen Kennedy, the mega-producer behind the series, reportedly wants to have a big shake-up in the role.

‘It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe,” someone close to the decision told The Guardian.

This follows the trend of women stepping into roles exclusively held by men. Lashana Lynch donned the codename 007 in the latest Bond film. Though, the producers said earlier this year they don’t plan on casting a full-time female Bond in future sequels.