Harrison Ford was visibly touched when he received the Palme d’honneur for lifetime achievement at the Cannes Film Festival
The 80-year-old actor attended the premiere of Indiana Jones and the dial of fate on Thursday (May 18).
According to reports from the festival, Ford was greeted with thunderous applause when he arrived at the premiere, and a highlights shot of Ford’s greatest performances was playing on a screen behind him.
“They say when you’re about to die you see your life flash before your eyes,” Ford quipped. “I just saw my life before my eyes.”
The actor then thanked his wife Calista Flockhart, 58, for “making his dreams and creative collaborators possible”. “Having the opportunity to work with artists like… [director James Mangold]Phoebe [Waller-Bridge]…even Mads [Mikkelsen]’ he said, making fun of the Danish actor.
He concluded, “This moves me a lot … But I have a movie you should see.” It’s right behind me. So let me get out of the way and thank you again for that.”
The New York Times Reporter Kyle Buchanan tweeted a clip of Ford’s speech with the caption: “Harrison Ford is presented with a lifetime achievement clip montage and a Palm of Honor in Gold and is on the verge of tears in Cannes.”
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be released on June 30th. Ford stars alongside Waller-Bridge as the adventurer’s goddaughter and as the main antagonist Mikkelsen, a former Nazi official.
It is the first Indiana Jones film that was not directed by Steven Spielberg and was directed by Mangold. Spielberg recently revealed that he had already seen Mangold’s effort and gave his verdict.
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Fate dial is also the first installment in the franchise since the critically ridiculed 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Ford has confirmed this Fate dial will be his last appearance as this character.
The film is mostly set in 1969, but a 25-minute opening sequence goes back in time to 1944, with Mangold using anti-aging technology at Ford to make him look decades younger.