Harrison Ford grumpy as usual in GQ interview

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Harrison Ford arrives at the premiere of "Ender's Game" in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images / October 29, 2013)

How do I explain Harrison Ford’s surly interview with GQ, which described him in the article as “grouchy” and “gruff”?

That’s just Harrison being Harrison.

The 71-year-old Chicago native was promoting his new film “Ender’s Game” and, as he is known to do, gave writer Zach Baron very little to work with. When the interviewer said “You've had a disproportionate amount of success with science fiction: the Star Wars trilogy, Blade Runner, now Ender's Game” Ford responded “That's three out of forty-one.” And when Baron followed up with “Although it's three of the more prominent ones, right?” Ford simply said “If you say so.”

My favorite part was when Baron asked “Between Ender's Game and the Hunger Games franchise, why do you think we're so entertained by kids killing one another?” The always eloquent Ford responded “Beats the (expletive) out of me. Ender's Game is a very different kind of movie and a very different kind of warfare.” The article points out that he took a long pause before giving that response, meaning he had to do some thinking to come up with that answer.

I know first hand how miserable it is to interview Ford, as do many of my colleagues. Like I wrote in my story in March, Ford goes out of his way to make the media’s job harder and point out how much smarter he is than everyone else. This raises the question: Why does Ford continue to agree to interviews and why does the media continue to interview him even though it almost always ends poorly and his recent movies almost always end up tanking at the box office?

Beats the (expletive) out of me.

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