Harrison Ford has been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for more than 40 years and his films have raked in more than £1billion.
But the Indiana Jones and Star Wars hero has also earned a reputation as one of movieland’s grumpiest and, some might say, dullest stars.
He was seen at New York night clubs and enjoyed flirtations with Lara Flynn Boyle and Minnie Driver, two actresses decades younger than himself.
Then he met Calista and after a few months of dating they moved in together.
Ford has two children by his first wife Mary Marquardt – Benjamin, 46, a chef, and Willard, 44, a teacher.
He just doesn’t like doing promotional interviews, as I find out when I ask about the movie business. "I have always looked at movies as a job.” OK then. Then he throws me a look as if he knows I’m thinking, “what a grumpy old man”. He even starts to talk about his five kids – four from two previous relationships and Liam, 12, the son Calista– who played Ally Mc Beal – adopted before they met at the 2002 Golden Globes. I’m all right with that.” It appears that he really is one of a rare breed of movie stars – those who have no interest in controlling their films or protecting their image. From time to time I develop a movie but with partners who are willing to show up every day at the office.
Older fans will be delighted to know he hopes to return in a fifth Indiana Jones adventure. “I’m a kinder, gentler, Harrison Ford than I was,” he grins. “I don’t want to be in the Harrison Ford business,” he laughs. “I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously.” Ford values his privacy and was horrified when his personal life made news when he split up with, returned to and finally broke up with wife of 17 years, Melissa Mathison.
But what about the rumour he’s lined up to play an elderly Han Solo in the next Star Wars movie? Divorcing the screenwriter reportedly cost him £50million in 1999, which was believed at the time to be the largest settlement in Hollywood history.
For a short time, Ford lived the life of a playboy bachelor.
Despite amassing a personal fortune of around £130million, he still likes to think of himself as a jobbing tradesman.
At the age of 71, he insists cinema audiences will be seeing him for years to come.
“I think retirement’s for old people,” he says firmly. I have a young child and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up.
“I have three young grandchildren, I’m enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can.” Ford seems to be busier than ever with three new films on the go – thriller Paranoia, with British star Gary Oldman, comedy Anchorman 2 and cult science fiction drama Ender’s Game. “I have tried very hard not to give a rat’s ass about the business part of it because to me it’s the wrong way of looking at it. "I’ve always been an independent son of a bitch, so if I’m grumpy, then call me grumpy.