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Harrison Ford: Star Wars a kind of fairy tale

Published 18/12/2015

Harrison Ford gained worldwide fame as Han Solo in George Lucas' original Star Wars movie back in 1977
Harrison Ford gained worldwide fame as Han Solo in George Lucas' original Star Wars movie back in 1977

Hollywood star Harrison Ford has said he views Star Wars more as a fairy tale than a work of science fiction.

The 73-year-old gained worldwide fame as Han Solo in George Lucas' original Star Wars movie back in 1977, a role he has revived for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Talking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: "There is science fiction I've read that I really enjoyed, but I can't say I was a fan of the genre.

"I don't think of Star Wars as science fiction, really.

"What I understood about it was from the context of the characters, that I was one of a kind of fairy tale setting.

"You had a wise old warrior in Alec Guinness (as Obi-Wan Kenobi), you had the callow youth in Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and the beautiful princess, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and the smart ass."

The blockbusting movie, which reunites Ford with his original cast members, has opened to acclaim from critics.

"I was just glad to be involved in it. Star Wars has been very, very good to me," the movie icon acknowledged.

"It gave me a career I have enjoyed and all the opportunities that have preceded from that attachment to Star Wars, so when George called and asked if I might be interested in coming back, I said: 'Yes, why not?'

"Basically. I've been sitting around waiting for somebody to give me a job!" he joked.

The Indiana Jones star generously praised the new kids on the Star Wars block.

"They are terrific. John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are fantastic actors and are going to be around in your lives for a long time," he told host Jonathan Ross.

For the first time, Ford spoke in detail about the accident he had while filming the seventh entry in the franchise.

The actor broke his left leg in the June 2014 incident.

He also opened up about his plane crash in March of this year, paying tribute to actress wife Calista Flockhart for her reaction.

"It turned out well ... I count myself as a lucky guy although I broke my other goddamn leg," he said.

"My wife, who is a wonderful lady, understands my passion for aviation, she understands what it means to me and she flies with me to this day."

In addition to his Star Wars return, Ford is heading back to cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

"We start filming in fall of next year with the very talented Ryan Gosling, and Denis Villeneuve is going to direct it so that's fun," he said.

In addition, plans are afoot for a revival of the Indiana Jones franchise, with Steven Spielberg.

"We're working on it," he said.

"We're hoping a couple of ideas that are floating around will gel and I know Steven is interested so hopefully it will happen."

TV presenter Ross also welcomed David Walliams on to the sofa. The comedian shared his love of Star Wars.

"I used to kiss Chewbacca before I went to bed, and now I do have a thing for very hairy people," he quipped.

"I did want to be Leia because I went to an all boys school and not many of the boys wanted to be the girl character apart from me!"

The Britain's Got Talent judge also discussed Walliams & Friend, his new BBC sketch show.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and pop star Jess Glynne also dropped in for a chat.

The Jonathan Ross Show is broadcast on Saturday December 19 at 9.45pm on ITV.

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