Artificial intelligence may have been utilized to make Harrison Ford appear younger in certain parts of his final film as Indiana Jones, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” which premiered at Cannes. However, the 80-year-old actor emphasized his love for aging and expressed no intention to slow down. Ford confirmed that this would be his last portrayal of the swashbuckling archaeologist after over four decades in the role. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, firmly stated that AI would not be used to bring Ford back to the role.
During a press conference, Ford became emotional several times while reflecting on his lengthy career and co-stars. He stated that he is content with his age, remarking, “I love being older.” He also confirmed his commitment to another season of the Western drama “1923” and the comedy “Shrinking,” indicating that he has no plans to slow down. Ford received compliments on his physique in a shirtless scene from the film, responding with humor and gratitude.
When questioned about why it was time to bid farewell to the character of Indiana Jones, Ford playfully gestured toward himself and said, “Is it not evident?” He first appeared as the iconic archaeologist in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and went on to star in three blockbuster sequels.
At the premiere of the fifth installment, Ford was surprised with an honorary Palme d’Or. In the new adventure, he is joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge as his witty sidekick and Mads Mikkelsen as a villainous Nazi scientist. While some critics were transported by the nostalgic and entertaining aspects of the film, others had mixed reviews. The Guardian described it as “wildly silly and entertaining,” while Empire praised its adherence to the fantasy genre but noted that the “barmy finale” might divide audiences. The Hollywood Reporter, however, criticized the formulaic nature of the action sequences and the artificial appearance of certain scenes.
Meanwhile, at the Cannes Film Festival, three out of the 21 movies competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or were premiering amid rain on the French Riviera. British director Jonathan Glazer presented his highly anticipated film, “The Zone of Interest,” which explores the private life of a Nazi officer alongside the horrors of Auschwitz. Also showcased were “About Dry Grasses” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a former Palme d’Or winner from Turkey, and “Four Daughters” by Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania.
The festival experienced a brief moment of drama when the police cordoned off a wide area around the red carpet to investigate a suspicious package, which was later determined to be a lost bag belonging to a tourist.