With a career spanning almost seven decades, and having appeared in some acclaimed, successful or iconic films, there is no doubt Harrison Ford is regarded as a star.
And some would argue, one of the sexiest.
Indeed, at a recent press conference at the Cannes Film Festival—where Ford was promoting Indiana Jones and the Dial Of Destiny—an as yet unidentified reporter shared she still finds the now 80-year-old star "very hot".
Variety shared a clip of the press conference on their Twitter page:
When the Australian reporter shared her feelings, she was met with laughter from the rest of the attendees while Ford appeared taken off-guard by this unexpected compliment.
The reporter added:
“And we were stunned to see you take your shirt off in the second scene."
"I mean, it’s just—and you’ve still got it—I mean, how do you keep fit?"
"And can you ride a horse?”
Sitting on either side of him, the film's director James Mangold and Ford's co-star Mads Mikkelsen were unable to hide their amusement as Ford continued to process the numerous questions thrown at him.
Ford first confirmed his equestrian skills demonstrated in the film were, indeed, genuine.
'“Let me tell ya, yeah—I can ride a horse if they let me!"
A repentant, and perhaps slightly embarrassed Ford then confessed he couldn't remember any of the earlier questions he had been asked when Mangold came to his rescue.
Mangold reminded Ford the reporter asked how Ford stays in such good shape, before disclosing Mikkelsen had already given an answer to that question with his "Olympian Story", referring to an interview Mikkelsen gave to The Hollywood Reporterlast year.
In the interview, Mikkelsen expressed his admiration for Ford—particularly his physical stamina—declaring he was an "insanely powerful person."
"I remember the first day we were shooting, it was a night shoot, then we stopped at 5 a.m.—and then he got on his mountain bike and went biking for 50 kilometers [31 miles]."
"Harrison is a monster of a man, a very nice monster."
However, after Mangold reminded Ford and the press of this story, Ford quickly declared Mikkelsen's story was largely "bullsh*t, but very kind."
When asked by Mikkelsen if he just "brought the bike for fun", Ford confessed there was a "partial truth" to the story, before appearing to attempt to bring an end to this question.
Having fun with the reporter, Ford declared:
“Look, I have been uhh…I’ve been blessed with this body."
"Thanks for noticing."
In addition to delighting the press and other attendees with his humble, yet cheeky, responses, Ford also charmed fans on Twitter.
Some related to the reporter's evaluation of the film legend.
Dial of Destiny marks the fifth time Ford will don the iconic whip and fedora as Hollywood's favorite snake-fearing archaeologist.
Ford's last appearance as Indiana Jones was in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—returning to the role for the first time since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade nearly 20 years earlier.
Despite reuniting with the franchise's original director, Steven Spielberg, and sharing the screen with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen—his co-star in the first Indiana Jones film—Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received a mixed to negative reception from critics and audiences.
Dial of Destiny—which sees Mangold taking over directing duties from Spielberg and also features Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, and Toby Jones among the cast—will be released in theaters nationwide on June 30.