Other than playing Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford is perhaps best known for his gruff personality.
Famously cantankerous while on the promotional trail, Ford has slayed journalists and fans alike with his clear disinterest in discussing the minutiae of his famed projects.
There are literally entire compilations on YouTube of the legendary actor ruthlessly shooting down questions about Star Wars, in particular:
According to Ford, though, his apparently short fuse in public settings isn’t due to some sort of social anxiety, but is instead a result of him having “an abhorrence of boring situations.”
“That sounds like something a psychiatrist would say, not a casual observer. No. I don’t have a social anxiety disorder. I have an abhorrence of boring situations,” Ford said when told by THR that some fans online believe he has a social anxiety disorder.
“I was shy when I first went onstage — I wasn’t shy, I was f***ing terrified. My knees would shake so badly, you could see it from the back of the theater. But that’s not social anxiety. That’s being unfamiliar with the territory. I was able to talk myself through that and then enjoy the experience of being onstage and telling a story with collaborators,” Ford said.
Ford’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter comes at a time when the 80-year-old is as prolific as ever, having recently starred in both Paramount+’s 1923 alongside Helen Mirren and AppleTV+’s Shrinking alongside Jason Segel.
He’s also got Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny in the pipeline, which is set to hit theaters on June 30.
In addition to Ford — in his final performance as the legendary Indiana Jones — Dial of Destiny stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, and Ethann Isidore.
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