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Morning Glory featurette
Morning Glory featurette: Featurette for the romantic comedy Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
At sixtysomething, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, who co-star in a new movie, prove older can be better. / Timothy White/Stockland Martel for USA WEEKEND
In Morning Glory: The Daybreak show dawns with Colleen (Diane Keaton) and Mike (Harrison Ford). / Macall Polay, Paramount
Keaton and son Duke, 9, attend a Los Angeles Lakers game. / Noel Vasquez, Getty Images


Most people know him as adventure geek Indiana Jones, and she will always be the endearingly offbeat Annie Hall.

In Hollywood annals, he's one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time. She is the only female star to be nominated for a best-actress Oscar in each of the past four decades.

Despite their high-profile and enduring careers, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton had never met — until, that is, they shared their first movie credit together in Morning Glory, opening next weekend. It's a comedy in which the two play warring TV anchors on a low-rated morning magazine show.

We recently got the co-stars together once again, this time in Santa Monica, Calif., to talk about themselves and the secret of their evidently thriving lives.

At 68, he married for the third time in June to actress Calista Flockhart and has five children and three grandchildren. At 64, she famously has never married, raising her two adopted kids, Duke, 9, and daughter Dexter, 14, on her own. The two opened up about everything from aging on-screen to living through their kids. Highlights:

A recent study suggests people over 50 are happier because of less stress —

Keaton: Who wrote that? I don't think that's what it's about. There's stress that comes from how you feel about approaching the end, losing your friends, not being really sought out. As you get older, people are not going to just hire you. Though we're really fortunate. And Harrison is like a legend. It's kind of remarkable.

Ford: [laughs] I just want my share of the air to breathe. That's the great thing about this time of one's life — you have time to [enjoy] things besides work. We're like accessories to the story now — but accessories can make the outfit.

Keaton: That's a great way of putting it.

Ford: It's fun to show up for work knowing somebody else is going to carry the load.

How do you see this time in your lives?

Keaton: I think you have to fight harder against the odds as you get older. You have to plunge ahead, be braver and more willing to freefall. I don't want to resign myself to the great golden years where I'm wise, which is something I'm not and probably will never be. But I want to fill it up with as much as I possibly can. I'm aware of the shortening of time, therefore I'm all the more excited about doing more in every possible field in my life. So I don't buy into feeling more comfortable about it. I see that it's just more astonishing than I thought it was. And I'm more awed by it.

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Do you feel more self-confident?

Keaton: Not more confident, but more excited about just being here.

Ford: In a way I feel more confident because I never felt that I had the right to [be here]. I think I exceeded my capacity; I was successful with very few tools. Now I think I have more craft and skill than I did. So for me it's more fun now because I don't feel any pressure.

Are you less inhibited? You seemed to be in [2003's] Something's Gotta Give —

Keaton: You mean being naked? I think at a certain point your body is no longer that very special secret thing. Who cares? Now, I don't think I could do it again, because it's too disgusting.

Harrison, will you get naked in the movies?

Ford: I was almost naked in a movie once. [1988's] Frantic. But I had a teddy bear of an appropriate scale to hold in front of me.

What makes you feel young?

Keaton: That everything is just as moving as it always was. I still love to look at people and watch them behave and listen to music and take a walk and see somebody who has done something that I didn't expect. To me, that's a joy. The wonder aspect of life increases as you get older.

Ford: Most of my kids are beyond young. But whether they're in their 40s or the single digits, just watching them accomplish something and learn to deal with life and prosper is exciting for me.

Does having kids keep you more plugged into pop culture?

Ford: Liam is into team sports, of which I've never been much of a fan. But watching sports with him is kind of cool.

Keaton: Duke, my son, goes to the YMCA. He's on the basketball team, and it's about the most fun I've ever seen. With the life I've led, you think the YMCA has ever been part of my life? But I love it.

Do you two read a lot these days?

Keaton: Right now I'm writing my memoirs. And I've been reading my mother's journals; she wrote about 150 journals. Now I'm putting her words in with my words, so it's really two stories. It's been interesting for me to get to know my mother more. She died recently at 86. That's pretty good. We were talking about this the other night — how long you have to live.

Ford: I'm not dying for a long time. When you have young kids, you can't allow yourself to think about it — it's not a good thought.

Keaton: [laughs] It's so not.

One last question: You guys look great. So when you go to the movies and ask for senior-citizen tickets, do they make you show ID to prove you qualify?

Ford: Actually, I went to buy some beer the other day and got carded! I said I'm 68 years old. And he said, “Young people complain about being singled out, so we ask everyone to show proof.” I said, “Take a look at me, are you kidding?” But he still wanted to see it.

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