Why Harrison Ford Refuses To Talk About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So much of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shrouded in mystery. It’s to be expected when J.J. Abrams brings his "mystery box" into your franchise. However, marketing hype is not the only reason that some people are remaining tight-lipped about the film. The reason Harrison Ford isn’t talking is because you don’t want him to.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while dressed as a hot dog, Harrison Ford admitted that he’s under orders not to talk about the movie, but made it clear that he wouldn't be saying much if he could because he wants fans to enjoy the movie free of any outside information.

What is there to say? And why would you want to say anything? I want the audience to experience it. I don't want them to hear anything about it.

Ford, who seems slightly off his game dressed as a hot dog, seems to be legitimately thrilled with the upcoming sequel and wants the fans who love the series to be surprised by it. While writing about movie news is our stock and trade around these parts, we’re also movie fans and we can’t really disagree with that perspective. The reason we’re dying for information isn’t really because we’re dying to know the answers. What we really want is to see the movie. December 18 simply can’t come fast enough.

The other reason that Ford seems adamant that keeping everything a secret is worthwhile is because, according to him, the movie is great. He calls out all the key members of the new cast, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, calling their performances "phenomenal." It’s easy enough to chalk comments like this up to Ford’s own brand of hype, but he didn’t have to say anything at all. Instead, he goes so far as to promise fans that they will not be disappointed. Those are some big statements, but from Ford we’ll accept them as genuine. He’s earned it. Check out the full interview below.

For the most part, there has been almost no information leaked that wasn’t done intentionally so. Even the small details that haven’t come through official channels haven’t been enough to create a clear picture of what awaits the cast of The Force Awakens. Honestly, if a full plot synopsis did exist, we’d wager most fans would stay away. Isn’t coming up with fun theories about what it all might mean more fun anyway?

Instead, we’ll all just go rushing to the theaters as soon as the movie opens so that we don’t get spoilers from people who see the movie before we do. That would be the real tragedy.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.