Harrison Ford reminds us a bit of his character Mike Pomeroy in the new movie Morning Glory. When it comes to the news, they both prefer a no-nonsense, fluff-free approach. Not to mention that they’re both sort of intimidating. We talked to Ford about playing Pomeroy, mocking morning television, and more at the recent press conference for the film which hits theaters on Nov. 10.
Was there any scene or part of the movie that presented a challenge for you?
You don’t make a meal out of just one ingredient. It’s balance and adjusting to taste, and working together. So I didn’t feel that there was any particular scene that was either an obstacle or critical. I thought every time you show up and start rolling, it’s an important moment. A movie is made up of tiny little bits and pieces.
You sort of play a hero without the action sequences. What was that like?
It’s fun getting paid to tell stories. It’s fun working with really talented people and trying to make something that is both funny and emotional and engages the audience in an emotional experience.
Who were some of the real life people that you looked to for guidance in your role?
I didn’t want to imitate anybody else. I wanted to figure out who Mike Pomeroy was, and then I wanted to be Mike Pomeroy, as a network news executive. So I didn’t pattern my character after any particular news man.
You sort of were parodying morning news shows. But do you have a new-found appreciation for these programs now?
We weren’t mocking the good ones. We were mocking the bad ones. And the good ones and the people that do them well, are to be admired. They are a pleasure to work with. And what they do is – they make it look very easy. So I’m not mocking the profession in general. I think we are talking about the lowest rated morning talk show in the history of television.
What’s a morning like in the life of Harrison Ford? Do you watch TV or read a newspaper?
I turn on the news first thing in the morning because I’m the first person up and I’m alone. And I turn on the news just to find out if there’s been a big accident or big event. But that’s about as much news as you get the first thing in the morning. I also get my real in-depth news from reading newspapers and I listen to the radio a lot. I also enjoy listening to BBC News — they have some very interesting things to say. But I can’t bear that cheerful morning stuff… I don’t want to watch people that I have to know by their first names that early in the morning.
Your character is very much about the “dumbing down” of news for entertainment. How do you feel about that personally?
What I am about to say is not applied to those people that do responsible news gathering and real journalism, and there are those people are out there. I’m fearful of political opinion disguised as news — where people can go to have their prejudices confirmed. And there is a whole branch of what passes as news that does that. Whatever your political persuasion is, there’s a show that’s going to come right down to your pipeline and tell you you’re right, and everybody else that doesn’t think that way is wrong. And that’s not news, that’s religion. It makes me crazy. But that’s my personal opinion.
Morning Glory is in theaters Nov. 10.