A few years back, Harrison Ford had signed on to a big-screen adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel A Walk Among the Tombstones. Scott Frank was set to pen the script, and Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) attached to direct. However, the project soon dived head-first into development hell after Ford backed out of the starring role. Why did he back out? Well, it was a bit too controversial for the actor. In the pic, he was set to play Matthew Scudder; a private detective battling a drinking problem who is hired by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Nice. Ford would've been fun to watch in a role like that.
When Frank was interviewed recently (out promoting his directorial debut The Lookout), the "whatever happened to that Tombstone project" question came up. And, not only did the writer-director say Ford "chickened out" of the role, but apparently his reason for doing so was because "his customers" wouldn't want to see him in a film like that. Yes, Harrison Ford refers to us -- his audience and his fans -- as his "customers." Okay, am I the only one who feels a little dirty now for thoroughly enjoying Raiders of the Lost Ark? And if the customer is always right, then I feel pretty confident in saying Hollywood Homicide sucked. Am I the only one who finds it a bit odd for an actor to refer to the moviegoing public as his "customers." Does that bother you at all? And if Indiana Jones 4 turns out horrible, does that mean we get to have our money back?