HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Harrison Ford arrives at the World Premiere of 20th Century Studios' "The Call of the Wild" at the El Capitan Theatre on February 13, 2020 in Hollywood, California. The film releases on Friday, February 21, 2020. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)
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Harrison Ford's Goal As A Performer Is To Never 'Get Caught Acting'
Harrison Ford is truly one of the great movie stars, having played iconic characters like Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan, and Han Solo along with serious turns in films like “Witness” and “Presumed Innocent.” With such a legendary filmography, you might think Harrison Ford takes acting seriously, but the actor revealed that his approach to acting is more laid back.
Ford revealed that part of his secret to acting is choosing the right characters. When questioned why he doesn’t play a wide range of characters, Ford said, “when a character is sufficiently different to the others the audience has seen me play, they get worried […] They say, 'The man’s acting' […] what I’m ambitious for is to not get caught ‘acting.’”
Ford explained that choosing characters he empathizes with helps him act better. He said, “The basic skill of an actor is, in fact, empathy, and that’s maybe not a skill, it’s a disposition. I am an assistant storyteller […] I want to really feel the role and not let people see the process, or to let them stand back and admire it because I think that does finally get in the way.”