Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Harrison Ford in the saddle

As the article says, actor Ford hasn't done a lot of westerns. And anyone who has seen the original trailor for "Cowboys & Aliens" knows that while the concept was instantly recognizable, most people thought it was meant as a comedy, sort of a "Men in Black" on the prairie. Not at all, as it turns out. Ford has a lot to say about Westerns and movies in general, including special effects. 'The onetime pilot of the Millennium Falcon said that in the big universe of contemporary special-effects films, it’s easy to feel alienated. “I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you’ve lost human scale,” Ford said. “With the CGI, suddenly there’s a thousand enemies instead of six – the army goes off into the horizon. You don’t need that. The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That’s something that’s consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that’s a soulless enterprise. It’s all kinetics without emotion. I don’t have time for that.” ' More...

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