LOS ANGELES–“Donald, it was a movie!” Footage of actor Harrison Ford reacting to praise by White House hopeful Donald Trump for his patriotic performance in the film “Air Force One” has gone viral. In the 1997 flick, Ford plays a U.S. president who stands up to terrorists after they hijack his flight. “I love Harrison Ford — and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America,” the billionaire real estate mogul and presidential candidate recently told The New York Times of Ford’s character.
In an interview Wednesday with Australia’s “Studio 10” morning show, a semiserious Ford shot back. “It’s a movie. Donald, it was a movie!” Ford said, looking straight into the camera with a slight smile on his face. “It’s not like this in real life. But how would you know?” The snippet of Ford’s interview was among the topics trending on social media Friday, and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube. It came amid national and international furor over Trump’s controversial plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.