Harrison Ford ‘deeply moved and humbled’ by honorary Palme d’Or


Harrison Ford has said he is “deeply moved and humbled” to receive an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The veteran American actor was presented with the accolade ahead of the world debut screening of his new film Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny on Thursday.

The film sees the 80-year-old return as the globe-trotting archaeologist more than 40 years after his first stint in Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981.

It stars Fleabag actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Indiana Jones’s goddaughter Helena Shaw, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Ahead of the screening, audiences were shown a highlight reel of the actor’s career before he took to the stage to present the film.

Becoming emotional, he said: “They say when you’re about to die you see your life flash before your eyes. And I just saw my life flash before my eyes.

“A great part of my life but not all of my life.

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“My life has been enabled by my lovely wife, supporting my passion and my dreams and I’m grateful.”

Harrison Ford delivers a speech before being awarded with an honorary Palme d'Or Award at Cannes Film Festival
Harrison Ford delivers a speech before being awarded with an honorary Palme d’Or Award at Cannes Film Festival

Addressing the audience directly, he continued: “And I love you too.

“You’ve given my life purpose and meaning and I’m grateful for that. So grateful to have the opportunity to work with others like Phoebe (Waller-Bridge) and Mads (Mikkelsen).

“I am deeply moved by this honour, and humbled – but I got a movie you gotta see. So let me get out of the way.”

The fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise is set between the years depicted in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

The latter film, starring Shia LaBeouf, also had its world premiere at Cannes in 2008.

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