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Tommy Lee Jones gives perfect reason people still love The Fugitive

30 years on, The Fugitive is still widely considered by fans to be one of the best action movies ever made. Here's why Tommy Lee Jones thinks people love it.

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For fans and critics alike, The Fugitive will always be remembered as one of Tommy Lee Jonesbest movies. As Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard, Jones led the charge against Harrison Ford‘s Doctor Richard Kimble, who was framed for the murder of his wife. Cue a classic cat-and-mouse type action movie that collected seven Oscar nominations and led to Jones winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

But why do people keep going back to this ‘90s movie? In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jones explained that the answer was simple. “People keep wanting to watch the movie because it’s … well, it’s just so damn good,” he said. “There’s something to see in every frame that’s relative to the narrative in an exciting way.”

He continued, “It was about a decent, innocent man, ostracized by society, being chased by someone that was right, but also wrong. The formula was new and intriguing.”

But what made the chase so intriguing? According to Jones, a big part of the appeal was Harrison Ford.

“The thing that drove The Fugitive was that we weren’t chasing just a normal doctor. Whatever we were doing, we were chasing Harrison Ford, and I think he was the engine of the movie,” he added. In the interview, Jones also opened up about how he was able to get into character — explaining that a big part of it was the advice of a real-life deputy marshal.

“The deputy marshal I had been talking to emphasized a couple of things,” he explained. “One of them was that the innocence or guilt of the people he was trying to serve warrants on was not really important to the process. He didn’t care if the people he was chasing were guilty or not. It was his job to catch them. It was somebody else’s job to decide whether they were guilty. And the thrill of the chase was something the fellow really enjoyed.”

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