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Harrison Ford tries on another new hat as Wyatt Earp

Jul. 25, 2011by: Dave Davis

It may be a long time (or never) before Harrison Ford places the famed fedora of Indiana Jones upon his cranium again, but COWBOYS & ALIENS may have sparked the actor's affection for headwear.

Nearly lost in the Comic Con blitz was a report that Ford will star in BLACK HATS, playing the Old West legend Wyatt Earp in his later days as a detective.

The blend of fact and fiction is based on the novel by Max Allen Collins (under the pseudonym Patrick Culhane), who penned the graphic novel source material of ROAD TO PERDITION.

Amazon tells me this about BLACK HATS: "Doc Holliday's widow commissions the spry 70-year-old [Earp] to head east to New York, where Doc's son, Johnny, owns a speakeasy. Along with his old pal Bat Masterson, Earp finds in Holliday's lucrative speak the promise of a gold rush and figures to cash in himself, until a gang of Brooklyn bootleggers issues a promising young thug named Capone to muscle in on the works. Earp and Capone are ultimately both fortune hunters, neither afraid to work some lead into the air to get what they want."

Writer Kurt Johnstad (300) is working on the adaptation. Heat Vision says Ford liked "the idea of an old gunfighter with his .45 walking the streets of 1920s Big Apple."

And who the hell wouldn't want to see him doing that?

Extra Tidbit: Other Ford movie hats that didn't become quite so iconic: HANOVER STREET, THE FRISCO KID, K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER.
Source: Heat Vision

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10:21PM on 07/26/2011
Sounds interesting...I think this could be a really nice role for Ford.
Sounds interesting...I think this could be a really nice role for Ford.
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5:19PM on 07/26/2011
Im on board!!
Im on board!!
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4:16AM on 07/26/2011
This sounds perfect for Ford. As for his output in recent years, there aren't many quality starring roles for actors who are 50+. Sure, Clint is a huge exception, but he took control early on and made sure he got great roles by directing himself (how he didn't get Oscar nominated for his performance in Bridges of Madison County is a mystery). Anyway, as for Ford and his grumpiness, I actually think he's very amusing in his interviews. He has a very dry sense of humour which, oddly, seems
This sounds perfect for Ford. As for his output in recent years, there aren't many quality starring roles for actors who are 50+. Sure, Clint is a huge exception, but he took control early on and made sure he got great roles by directing himself (how he didn't get Oscar nominated for his performance in Bridges of Madison County is a mystery). Anyway, as for Ford and his grumpiness, I actually think he's very amusing in his interviews. He has a very dry sense of humour which, oddly, seems lost on a lot of Americans. If an interviewer isn't intelligent enough to see he doesn't suffer fools gladly, well that's their problem.
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2:07AM on 07/26/2011

Costner

I vote Kevin Costner as Bat Masterson... that would be gold!!!
I vote Kevin Costner as Bat Masterson... that would be gold!!!
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2:03AM on 07/26/2011

Please

I would like a sequel prequel anything that involes a spinoff or something again with Harisson Ford as the president in Air Force One cause that was a good role for him lol!
I would like a sequel prequel anything that involes a spinoff or something again with Harisson Ford as the president in Air Force One cause that was a good role for him lol!
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12:34AM on 07/26/2011

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Don't forget American Grafitti. Sadly, there hasn't been a turely great Ford movie since Air Force One. In part b/c he always seems to play the old grumpy guy. He was a bit less grouchy in Indy 4, but he was nowhere near the charming, carefree Indy we grew up with. I'm holding out for another great Ford movie, I turely think he has it in him, as long as he doesn't keep playing the same type of character.
Don't forget American Grafitti. Sadly, there hasn't been a turely great Ford movie since Air Force One. In part b/c he always seems to play the old grumpy guy. He was a bit less grouchy in Indy 4, but he was nowhere near the charming, carefree Indy we grew up with. I'm holding out for another great Ford movie, I turely think he has it in him, as long as he doesn't keep playing the same type of character.
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12:23AM on 07/26/2011

I'm gonna get hate for this, but...

...quite frankly, Ford hasn't been in it for quality in decades. Not just years, but *decades*. The only reason he even did Indy 4 - a film he repeatedly swore off for years after Last Crusade - is because his previous five or six films had been absolute bombs at the box office, and his asking price of $20 mil per picture had been put into question (and for the record, Indy 4's success kinda re-established that asking figure, so...mission accomplished).

He's just not that great of an actor
...quite frankly, Ford hasn't been in it for quality in decades. Not just years, but *decades*. The only reason he even did Indy 4 - a film he repeatedly swore off for years after Last Crusade - is because his previous five or six films had been absolute bombs at the box office, and his asking price of $20 mil per picture had been put into question (and for the record, Indy 4's success kinda re-established that asking figure, so...mission accomplished).

He's just not that great of an actor -- his range is pretty limited -- which is fine. I love certain actors who are only good at playing very specific roles -- but he doesn't seem like an exemplary person outside of the art form. Being a private person I totally respect and understand; being a dick to people doing their job is just, well, being a dick. Being a jerk to interviewers or fans just because they're interviewers and fans is lame; if I were a private celeb I'd say fuck the paparazzi, but I'd at least attempt to show some appreciation for the people who helped me get to where I am, even if it chagrins me to do so.
Yeah, he'll forever be Indiana Jones and Han Solo - but since the early '90s he'll also be one of the best examples of an actor who doesn't give a shit and just wants a lot of money, whatever it takes. Name me five great -- or even very good -- Harrison Ford movies made since 1990. The worst part of it all is that even the biggest failures are high-budget, big-star projects -- polished turds. Even his failures aren't respectable ones. When Adam Sandler looks at Punch-Drunk Love and says its box office intake was dismal, at least he can say, you know, he invested his work into a good film. Not "Hollywood Homicide" or that shit-turd of a movie where Brad Pitt played Irish. Ford's closest attempt at art-house was "Witness" -- which is, incidentally, perhaps his last truly solid film. And that was over two decades ago. (EDIT: Actually, "The Fugitive" was probably the last solid one, but I'd still rank that below Witness, and that's still a movie roughly two decades old. He didn't appear in the sequel because they wouldn't pay him enough, btw.)
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1:13AM on 07/26/2011
I agree. After Last Crusade (which I love) he's been a grimacing dullard in every movie, and Cowboys & Aliens looks no different. The only time that routine worked was in The Fugitive and maybe the Jack Ryan movies.

But having said that, this seems like the type of project that would work for him. Because I expect 1920s Wyatt Earp to be a grimacing old fart. I'm thinking somewhere between Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven and Bruce Willis in Sin City.
I agree. After Last Crusade (which I love) he's been a grimacing dullard in every movie, and Cowboys & Aliens looks no different. The only time that routine worked was in The Fugitive and maybe the Jack Ryan movies.

But having said that, this seems like the type of project that would work for him. Because I expect 1920s Wyatt Earp to be a grimacing old fart. I'm thinking somewhere between Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven and Bruce Willis in Sin City.
1:46AM on 07/26/2011
filmaddict......well said.
filmaddict......well said.
2:35AM on 07/26/2011
@Tarantino...I kinda agree. But as weird as this sounds, based on the average quality of his last twenty or so films, I feel like this Wyatt Earpp movie -- as much as it suits him -- has little more to it beyond people praising, "Hey, Harrison Ford was great in the role! But the movie..." dot, dot, dot. I hope the movie is good, but I have a feeling it won't be. What do I base this on? Sadly, Harrison Ford's resume over the past 25 years. I'm really, truly not saying this as an Indy fan, but:
@Tarantino...I kinda agree. But as weird as this sounds, based on the average quality of his last twenty or so films, I feel like this Wyatt Earpp movie -- as much as it suits him -- has little more to it beyond people praising, "Hey, Harrison Ford was great in the role! But the movie..." dot, dot, dot. I hope the movie is good, but I have a feeling it won't be. What do I base this on? Sadly, Harrison Ford's resume over the past 25 years. I'm really, truly not saying this as an Indy fan, but: The Last Crusade was, in my opinion, his last truly great film. The rest has been bunk. YEAH, MCNOLTY!
12:12AM on 07/26/2011
Fiction obviously, but I've long been down for a movie that dealt with Wyatt Earp's later years. This could be a nice movie to pair with 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.'

And also, it'll be really nice if they can make a good Harrison Ford movie that doesn't involve him 'getting back his family.'
Fiction obviously, but I've long been down for a movie that dealt with Wyatt Earp's later years. This could be a nice movie to pair with 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.'

And also, it'll be really nice if they can make a good Harrison Ford movie that doesn't involve him 'getting back his family.'
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11:09PM on 07/25/2011
I'm down, hopefully this will attract a good director...
I'm down, hopefully this will attract a good director...
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12:07AM on 07/26/2011
It won't.
It won't.
11:08PM on 07/25/2011
I'd rather watch "Tombstone" again for Wyatt Earp.

At least have Val Kilmer play Doc Holliday again in the flashbacks.
I'd rather watch "Tombstone" again for Wyatt Earp.

At least have Val Kilmer play Doc Holliday again in the flashbacks.
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