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Friday 19 September 2014

Ford: I've found new career phase

Harrison Ford doesn't want to be the leading man any more

Harrison Ford has said he is glad he can finally move away from traditional leading man roles, and become a character actor.

The 71-year-old is tipped for the second Oscar nomination of his career for his portrayal of baseball manager Branch Rickey in Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

Harrison told The Hollywood Reporter: "I had exhausted my potential as a middle-aged leading man. And I'm getting to the point where people don't want to see me, necessarily, hit people and kiss girls. So I began looking for the next phase of my career."

He added: "I don't have to be Harrison Ford any more. I can be anybody I want - if they'll let me.

"That's what I've always wanted to do, was to play those kinds of parts. When I was starting out, I had never a hint that I would end up being a leading man. I still don't know how that happened."

But director Brian Helgeland didn't want to see him for the role.

Harrison revealed: "He had in mind for the part a character actor. He didn't want a movie star. And I understood completely why he didn't want 'Harrison Ford'.

"Looking at the kind of work that I've done in the past, you might have no clue that I was ambitious for this kind of thing or that I had the capacity to do that."

But Harrison met with the director and he said: "We convinced each other that is was going to work."

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