Harrison Ford goes to war with alien life forms in the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game."
Ford, who has portrayed iconic action heroes in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" film series, adds another sci-fi adventure to his illustrious career with "Ender's Game," based on the popular Orson Scott Card novel by the same name. The film, which also stars Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield, hits theaters on Nov.1.
OTRC.com spoke with Ford about the film earlier this month, where he talked about the film's overall theme, why we haven't seen a sci-fi film like this before and why he is not active on social media.
Watch Ford's interview with OTRC.com above and check out three highlights from the interview below.
1. The film's visuals are jaw-dropping, but the core of the story would still be fine even without it.
"That's exactly what I sensed as an opportunity. I thought a big, whopping sci-fi movie, a kind of adventure, but the underlying themes are important to the lives we now live as well as heavy utility in this futuristic story."
2. The film takes you so far into the future, but really quickly you're brought right back to kids going to war.
"Historically it's been the case, the youngest, fittest, lowest on the social totem pole are the ones that have been pushed to the front of the battle lines. And the cost is to the individual soldier. And failure to be successful is a cost to the culture. But this is a war we have unlikely any other we have historically understood."
"This is a war against an alien invasion of another life form. So what we know as war is the protection of our political system or a point-of-view or a religion or protection of a territory. This is about protecting the capacity of the planet to sustain human life. So, you haven't seen anything like this before, but the responsibility is still transferred to young people and also imposed on them are the complex of emotional feelings for their behavior, that they may not be ready for."
3. Social media has been huge for the anticipation of this movie -- is that something you understand?
"I understand because I am interested in how the business model works for something like this. But, I'm still not part of it, don't want to be part of it. I'm happy enough to be present in my own life, for what I see and feel around me."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).