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Ford: I've found new career phase

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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