Harrison Ford Says His Enviable Old Man Rig Is Down To An Old Man Diet
Perennial actor and grumpy old man Harrison Ford still manages to find ways to charm his way into the public consciousness, year after year. Every 12 months he manages to attach himself to a reboot or a sequel that's popular enough to keep his name in the headlines, politely distracting everyone from the other performances he phones in throughout the rest of the year. He truly is an impressive force of nature, one comprised almost entirely of cantankerousness, laboured sighs, and pained expressions.
Still, we love him for it.
Whatever you think of the latter stages of his career (and you have to admit, he's been in as many smash hits as he has stinkers), there's no doubt that Ford's resilience and endurance in the face of his increasing age is a sight to behold. Even at 77, he boasts the same charisma and energy that carried him to countless star roles throughout the '80s and '90s, even if he does play on his crotchety reputation a little more than he used to.
Ford is also, by near-octogenarian standards, in fantastic shape, as evidenced by what we've seen of him in CGI dog flick Call of the Wild. And he puts his impressive physique down to a relatively simple commitment to healthy eating and working out. In an interview with Ellen, he also revealed that he's switched to essentially a pescatarian plan, having cut meat and dairy entirely out of his diet.
"[I’m eating] practically nothing," Harrison to Ellen. "I eat vegetables and fish. It’s really boring."
The fairly plain way of eating could be put down to just someone who doesn't want to experiment with anything that's particularly taxing on the digestive system. If you want to put an exotic twist on it, you could kind of say he's sticking to the Mediterranean diet that so many health experts swear by.
The diet also has the welcome side effect of being much easier and sustainable on the planet, which given Ford's outspoken views on the environment and current position as vice-chair of Conservation International, factored into his decision.
"I just decided I was tired of eating meat," he continued. "And I know it’s not really good for the planet and it’s not really good for me."
Details of Ford's fitness plan now that he's approaching older age are fairly scant. He revealed to Ellen that simply "I’m healthy, I enjoy being active and fit. I’m aware of keeping my old (butt) in shape," and he's likely going to need it as the next Indiana Jones movie starts filming later on this year.
There's no doubt all the same that alongside the likes of Arnie and Sly Stallone, he'll remain an inspiration for an entire generation of millennials as they enter their elderly years.