Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford prepared “1923” for 30 years

Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford’s appearances as a married couple in 1923 will look convincing because they had 30 years to work on it.

That’s according to Mirren, who spoke to me news week before the start of the highly anticipated yellowstone prequel series, 1923. The show is Taylor Sheridan’s latest addition to his popular yellowstone Universe that follows the history of the Dutton family after the events of 1883, the previous prequel series.

Mirren plays Cara Dutton and Ford is Jacob Dutton, the owner of the Yellowstone ranch in Montana in the early 20th century. When the casting was announced, it was a surprise reunion for the couple, who had worked together in the 1980s.

Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford then and now
Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, who reunite in 1923 on Paramount+, starred in the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast (inset).
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Mirren was asked what work she and Ford did behind the scenes to inform their relationship as a married couple 1923.

“That’s really interesting that you should ask that, because basically the answer is nothing,” Mirren said news week. “The work that we’ve done in some ways has happened over the past 30 years since we last worked together and the work that we’ve put in to live life and survive and move on and as old too.” become as we are. That was ‘the work’ if you will.”

Viewers of a certain age may remember their screen debut together in the film adaptation of the Paul Theroux novel The Mosquito Coast. In the 1986 drama, Mirren and Ford played a couple who leave America to live with their children in a Central American jungle. The film was a box office flop, although Ford has said he has no regrets about starring in it.

Mirren is now 77 and Ford is 80, and although it’s been 36 years since they last worked together, they settled back into a routine almost immediately.

“I think the fact that we’d worked together before absolutely impacted the moment we saw each other,” she said. “‘Hello, Harrison, how are you? How are you?’ [He responded] ‘I am great. how are you Nice to see you.’

“And we were instantly linked at the hip in a weird way and made love. We’re very, very close now and I think that really manifests on screen,” Mirren said.

“What you see on screen is very similar to how we are off screen now, except we don’t go to bed together,” she joked.

While Mirren and Ford played together again without missing a beat, some of their co-stars played along 1923 took a moment to appreciate the fact that they were working with screen legends.

Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in 1923
Early previews of “1923” show Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren) in distress. At right is Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) on the track.
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Darren Mann, who plays her great-nephew Jack Dutton, narrates news week how it felt to be face to face with them for the first time.

“I was at a wardrobe fitting and I was getting ready,” he said. “They take some pictures of me and all of a sudden I hear this bang, bang on the door. The door pops open and I felt like I was watching Indiana Jones walk in, like I’d seen that scene before.

“There was Harrison Ford in that cowboy hat. I was speechless for a second because here he is. There’s Indiana Jones, there’s Han Solo, there’s my childhood icon.

“He’s so cool, so down to earth. The guy is easy to converse with and it was immediately apparent and he made it such a special time on set,” Mann said.

His on-screen fiancé, Michelle Randolph, who plays Elizabeth Strafford, was similarly smitten.

“I met them both at cowboy camp. Harrison was sitting on one of the gates surrounding the arena that we were walking around and I didn’t realize it was him at first because he was so casual and relaxed, then I noticed some of those wranglers are getting really nervous and they’re like, ‘Oh , this is Harrison Ford.’”

She continued: “And Helen, she’s just so cute. When I first met her she came and sat down and had breakfast with us before we started. She was so nice.”

James Badge Dale, who plays an older version of John Dutton Sr 1923said: “I’m still so impressed by how kind and open they are and how they indulge their humility, both Helen and Harrison.”

“Meeting her was definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment,” said Marley Shelton, who plays Dale’s on-screen wife.

1923 begins Sunday, December 18 on Paramount+.

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Rick Schindler

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