Harrison Ford Admits If He Were ‘Less Successful’ He’d Be A ‘Better Parent’: ‘Up My Own A** For Most Of My Life’

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Actor Harrison Ford is on the interview circuit promoting his new “Indiana Jones” movie, and during a recent conversation admitted he would have been a better father if he hadn’t been famous.

The 80-year-old knew immediately after he delivered the line to a writer at Esquire that it would make headlines, just like his previous “I know who the f*** I am” comment earlier in May following his interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The interviewer was talking about how “becoming a parent changes a person,” and how it’s easy to imagine taking a bullet for your own child. That’s when Ford said, “I can tell you this: If I’d been less successful, I’d probably be a better parent.”

After acknowledging that this thought could go viral, Ford continued, referencing the “I know who the f*** I am” line. 

“Which I still get s*** about from my wife, like I don’t take mental health seriously. I do take mental health seriously. I was trying to say, as I explained to her: It’s that I accommodate all of the flaws that people go to psychiatrists to accommodate, because I accept my flaws.”

The actor said, “I accept my flaws and my failures—I don’t accept them, I own them. And certainly the more constant gardener is the better parent, and I’ve been out of town, up my own a**, for most of my life.”

The “Indiana Jones” star first became a father in the 1960s with the births of sons Benjamin, 56, and Willard, 54, before he began his acting career. He shares those two children with his first wife, illustrator Mary Marquardt. 

Next, Ford had two children with his second wife Melissa Mathison. The pair welcomed son Malcolm, 35, and daughter Georgia, 32, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. 


Ford and his current wife, actress Calista Flockhart, adopted a son. Liam is now 21.

The actor has addressed the challenges of parenting children at different stages of his life and career in the past.

“My older children have taught me a lot,” Ford told The Independent during a 2010 interview. “My first child was born when I was 25; I reckon I’m a little better at [parenting] now.”

At the time, Ford insisted he felt “like the father of a 9-year-old” despite being 67 at the time. “Yeah, obviously, I’m getting older but I don’t relate to it very much. It doesn’t interest me as something to dwell on,” he said.


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