Very famously, Harrison Ford is the sort of grumpy curmudgeon who doesn’t like it when he has to field questions about Star Wars or his experiences playing the iconic character Han Solo in that series. Which is understandable, you know, because us nerds can get pretty pushy. Probably the guy would get more sympathy from people if he didn’t then go and do things like make unwanted Indiana Jones sequels, agree to appear in the new Star Wars trilogy, and now agree to appear in yet another series that’s built almost entirely on nerd nostalgia, though.
What series based on nostalgia are we talking about? Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables series, wherein the movies always seem like they’re going to be action-packed larks where all of your favorite action stars from the 80s finally team up to go on the same adventure, but then end up being inert bores where old guys dress too young for their own good and do their best to prove that their knees can no longer handle the stress of running (except for JCVD, who was actually good in The Expendables 2).
The big news here is that Ford has agreed to appear in the upcoming third installment of the Expendables series, and it comes from Stallone himself [via Slash Film]. He took to his Twitter account today to tell fans:
WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) August 6, 2013
Of course, this begs a couple of questions. First of all, if Bruce Willis was willing to star in last year’s miserable fifth Die Hard film, then what the heck could have happened to keep him from getting an easy payday for showing up and working another couple days on another Expendables movie? And second of all, what’s going on with Harrison Ford where he’s gone from stepping away from the acting world to planning more Star Wars work, saying he wouldn’t mind doing yet another Indiana Jones sequel, and signing on for this film, which he doesn’t even really seem like a good fit for?
I mean, really, when you think of Harrison Ford, do you honestly put your memories of his work alongside your memories of the big, dumb action movies that were also coming out during the peak of his fame? This seems like a strange decision, and hopefully one that won’t prove intriguing enough to fool us all into watching yet another Expendables snooze fest.