“I imposed my point of view”

Harrison Ford Finally Opens Up About The Drama That Happened Between Him And Brad Pitt While Filming The 1997 Movie What Belongs to the Devil.

THE IndianaJones star admitted to Squire that he was partly responsible for the long-running tension that swirled between him and Pitt on the set of the crime drama.

“First of all, I admire Brad. I think he’s a wonderful actor. He’s a really good guy. But we couldn’t agree on a director until we came to Alan Pakula, who I had worked with before, but not Brad.” Ford explained, referring to his work on the 1990 Pakula film presumed innocent.

Brad Pitt & Harrison Ford

Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford

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In addition to not seeing eye-to-eye with a director, Ford said his desire for his character to have a more complex storyline like Pitt’s also drew attention. In the film, Ford plays NYPD Sergeant Tom O’Meara, whose family takes in an Irish construction worker named Rory Devaney (Pitt) to discover that Devaney is an undercover IRA terrorist trying to buy a shipment of missiles.

“Brad had this complicated character, and I wanted a complication on my side so that it wasn’t just a battle between good and evil,” he said. “And that’s where I invented the bad shot.”

As a result, a subplot for Ford’s character in which he is conflicted over what to do after seeing his partner, Eddie Diaz (Rubén Blades), fatally shoot a thief was incorporated into the film. However, the process of weaving it all together – while the film was always filming – turned out to be a serious challenge.

“I worked with a screenwriter — but all of a sudden we were shooting and we didn’t have a script that Brad and I agreed on,” Ford said. “Each of us had different ideas about it.”

Now, looking back, Ford knows his demands were largely responsible for the pair’s stalemate. “I understand why he wanted to stick with his point of view, and I wanted to stick with my point of view – or I was imposing my point of view, and it’s fair to say that’s how Brad felt,” said- he declared. “It was complicated. I like the movie a lot. A lot.”

In 1996, EW’s Chris Nashawaty detailed the breakdown of Pitt and Ford’s feud over the film, noting that its budget had grown from $70 million to nearly $100 million. It also caused Pitt to push back the filming of his next project, 1997. Seven years in Tibetfor two more months after devil’s own was not completed by its June deadline.

At the time, a Columbia-based producer told EW that Pitt and Ford “seemed to have had different versions” of the film in mind. However, Ford’s agent denied “all those nasty rumours” surrounding What Belongs to the Devil and claimed there was no lead role fight in the film.

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