Inside the party as Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bob Iger and others celebrate the release of the final “Indie” movie on Late Night at the Cannes Film Festival
It was a great night for Disney Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny Debuting to its world premiere Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival where the June 30 release received a standing ovation for 5 Minutes, especially for Harrison Ford in his swan song in the lead role he began playing more than 40 years ago. Significantly there to watch French love and passion was none other than Disney president Bob Iger who attended the first-ever Cannes Film Festival (believe it or not) and even took his own pics while applauding the film. At the Carlton Beach after party, I told him Deadline was the first to post his review, and he raved (from our colleague Stephanie Bunbury) and you could see the utter relief on his face. “You made me happy to hear that,” he said to me, and he meant it. This all came on the same day that Disney took another shot at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by announcing the cancellation of a plan to move several thousand California employees to Florida. The rest in Cannes must have been nice.
Later at the after party, Iger interrupted my conversation with co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge to offer his praise for her stellar performance in a movie I would say is already up there with Steven Spielberg’s best in the series from 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark Beside Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which co-starred Sean Connery as Indy’s father. James Mangold talked about directing the chores on this one with the blessings of Executive Producers Spielberg and George Lucas and did a great job. After the movie he told the Grand Lumiere audience that it was like having a family make this movie, this was echoed by many at the party who felt the same way including Waller-Bridge. Mangold also told me he’s been deep in preparation for his Bob Dylan biopic for Disney’s Searchlight Pictures starring Timothée Chalamet as Dylan, and said the young star will sing himself. Elle Fanning is in it, and added that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as pop singer icon Pete Seeger. said Mangold, visibly excited about the new project and the reception it was having dew the film, derisively stating to the audience that the only other time he had been in Cannes was early on indie film heavy in managing Fortnight early in his career.
Producers Frank Marshall and Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy were delightful, and it reminded me that they actually met and fell in love while filming a movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark And they’ve been together ever since. I asked Marshall about Ford’s cool subway ride chase in New York and he said it was all filmed in Glasgow, Scotland where they built some of the set but found the perfect location, noting that it turned out they had the same layout designer Manhattan as Glasgow so it was all this way. Wait till you see this action scene, one of the best in the entire series.
Finally, I got a chance to talk to the man of the hour, Harrison Ford, who was still at the party because I was leaving after 1:00 AM (!) and having a great time with Calista Flockhart’s wife who told me she couldn’t believe the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux has introduced it to the public, and even before Her husband (!) Ford received a special Palme d’Or from the festival as a “surprise” before the movie was released and was clearly choked up by the gesture. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” he joked about the emotion of the moment. “It’s like you’re going to die and see your life pass before your eyes,” he told the audience after clips from his career went by.
At 80, Ford is still the ultimate movie star and this final turn as Indy is a beautiful elegy with plenty of nostalgia and surprises attached. The festival put together a killer tribute reel that began with a Gallic touch when a young Ford explained how he was supposed to land the starring role in acclaimed French director Jacques Demy’s 1969 Los Angeles drama. Template Store with Anouk Aimee but instead cast Gary Lockwood, a hot actor who co-starred in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Things worked out for Ford in the end, however you might say, Ford told me after I saw a private screening of the film in Lockwood’s presence just a few years ago at the Aero in Santa Monica. He’s busier than ever with not only waiting for a summer blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but at least two serials at the same time ( 1923 And shrunk) that put him in an amy conversation. “They are all good,” he said, “so I’m happy.”
Tonight was a great way to really get the 71st edition of this festival on a high.