“Star Wars: The Force Awaken” Star, Harrison Ford Has a Secret: “My kids do not think I am cool at all.“

By: Izumi Hasegawa   December 18, 2015

Harrison Ford is once again taking the world by storm as the galaxy’s uber-cool hero, Han Solo.  Even out of character, Ford flew his private helicopter to rescue lost hikers twice. Whether he’s Han Solo or Harrison Ford everyone would agree this guy oozes cool. Everybody but his own kids that is. Harrison fills us in on what it would take to earn his kids coolness approval and how it felt to be back on the set of “Star Wars.”

Q:  What is the difference between this one and the first ones?  How does it feel being back on the set for “Star Wars”?

“It’s hard to say what the difference is.  I can tell you how it feels.  It feels familiar.  It feels good.  It’s good to be home, as Hans says in the teaser trailer.  I’m aware of the value that’s placed on these films by the audience, and I’m gratified that they’ve been passed on, the first three have been passed on generationally through family, and that there’s still an audience for those of us that were in the original film.  There’s still some value to them in interpreting life somehow.  And it’s a bit of a mystery, but it’s very gratifying to be part of that”.

Q: Could you just talk about what it means to you to be one of the bridges between the original series and this new generation?

“It’s gratifying to be asked to be part of this.  There was an interesting story to tell for the – through the character.  It’s always nice to anticipate working in something that you know people will have an appetite for.  This is not a crap shoot.  This is a big casino.  And it’s fun to play with these toys again.  It’s been a great experience”.

Q:  As a parent, what’s it like telling your kids you’re coming back to this franchise?  Did that like, up the cool factor once again for you, with them?

“I don’t – my kids do not think I am cool at all.  And being in this movie is not gonna convince them otherwise.  I – no, they’re just glad to see that Dad is still working, you know”.

“Star Wars: The Force Awaken” opens theaters on December 18th.