Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford hasn’t been seen in many movies lately, but it’s not because he doesn’t want to be making them. In fact, it’s the opposite — The acting legend blames Hollywood for not producing films with quality roles.
Harrison says if you want a quality role these days, you have to go out and make the movie yourself, Fox 411 reports. Hollywood, he claims, isn’t producing quality materials.
“I grew up in a system where the studios spent a lot of money on the development of stories and ideas and bought books and they really developed the scripts. That doesn’t happen anymore,” Harrison said. “Now, if you want good material you have to develop it for yourself or have a hand in the process. I have been determined to do that over the past few years.”
One such example is how Harrison signed on as executive producer for the new fact-based film Extraordinary Measures, in which he plays an unconventional scientist that’s determined to develop a cure for Pompe disease. John and Aileen Crowley’s, played by Brendan Fraser and Keri Russel, young children are inflicted with the rare degenerative disorder and enlist the scientist’s help.
“I was looking to develop material for myself,” he added. “I saw an opportunity to tell a very positive human story and the opportunity to craft for myself a part different to what I’ve normally done and a different genre.”
But, the Indiana Jones star is not alone in his viewpoint on the standard of roles in Hollywood.
“Where are the roles for the female experience from that (strong, admirable) point of view for the young college girls, mothers and grandmothers? A lot of actresses I speak to find the same thing,” actress Jessica Biel recently said. “We’re all scrambling for it when something good comes out that actually has a good female character.”
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