Harrison Ford Reflects on Clashing with Brad Pitt on the Set of 'The Devil's Own': "I Was Imposing My Point of View"
Harrison Ford takes responsibility for the tension that arose during the filming of the 1997 thriller "The Devil's Own" alongside Brad Pitt. In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Ford acknowledged that creative differences between him and Pitt led to challenges on set.
During the interview, Ford recalled the circumstances, stating, "Brad developed the script. Then they offered me the part. I saved my comments about the character and the construction of the thing — I admired Brad. First of all, I admire Brad. I think he's a wonderful actor. He's a really decent guy. But we couldn't agree on a director until we came to Alan Pakula, who I had worked with before but Brad had not."
Directed by Alan J. Pakula, who previously collaborated with Ford on "Presumed Innocent," "The Devil's Own" follows Pitt's character, a member of the Irish Republican Army, as he seeks black-market missiles in the United States. Ford portrays an Irish American policeman in New York City torn between his own connections to the IRA and his pursuit of Pitt's character.
Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford Clash on 'The Devil's Own' Set Over Character Complexity: "Imposing Points of View"
Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford found themselves at odds during the filming of "The Devil's Own" over the portrayal of their characters. Ford revealed that he wanted to introduce more complexity to his role, leading to the creation of a subplot involving his character witnessing a crime committed by his partner.
"I worked with a writer — but then all of a sudden, we're shooting and we didn't have a script that Brad and I agreed on," Ford explained. "Each of us had different ideas about it. I understand why he wanted to stay with his point of view, and I wanted to stay with mine — or I was imposing my point of view, and it's fair to say that's what Brad felt. It was complicated. I like the movie very much. Very much."
Despite the creative differences, "The Devil's Own" achieved moderate success at the box office but fell short of becoming a breakout hit. In its original review, Variety described the film as a "reasonably engrossing, well-crafted suspense movie."