Ford can't escape shadows of past at Comic-Con
Actor Harrison Ford answers a question at the "Ender's Game" panel on Day 2 of the 2013 Comic-Con International Convention on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:48PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:51PM EDT
SAN DIEGO -- It's been years since Harrison Ford played towering film characters Indiana Jones and Han Solo, but the questions still come -- especially at Comic-Con.
Ford made his second appearance at the all-things-geek gathering Thursday to promote his new film "Ender's Game." It might as well have been the 1980s, though, as far as fans were concerned. Given the chance to ask questions about the new film, they instead peppered the 71-year-old star with questions about characters he long ago left behind.
One fan asked, "light sabers aside," what might happen if Solo, the Millennium Falcon pilot from "Star Wars," met Jones, the adventure-addicted archaeologist.
"Hi, how are you?" Ford asked before shaking his head, taking off his glasses and rubbing his eyes in a marvelous moment of comedic timing.
Another questioner, a man from Brazil who said he dreamed of being the whip-wielding, fedora-featuring Jones as a kid, asked if Solo would make a good soldier for Col. Hyrum Graff, the character Ford plays in "Ender's Game."
"You know, you and I have a lot in common. I used to dream about being Indiana Jones when I was younger. Not so much anymore," Ford said, pausing while the audience laughed. "I don't think Han Solo would be good as a soldier in anybody's army. I think he's what we call now an independent contractor."