Though “Yellowstone” stars Kevin Costner — who supplied Harrison Ford with his “Air Force One” role — Ford didn’t know much about the franchise before he was approached to star in “1923.” He apparently doesn’t have time to watch much TV, which might explain why he’s so quick to dismiss it. Ford said that Taylor Sheridan sold him on “1923” with the idea that they would be making something like 10 one-hour movies. He noted that the production pace of TV was much different, but this didn’t change his view of “1923.” “I’m here to sell a movie. […] I’m doing the same job. It’s just being boxed and distributed in a different way,” Ford told The New York Times.
“1923” is due to run for 16 episodes across two seasons. For actors, that’s part of the appeal of shows like “1923” and the earlier “Yellowstone” spin-off, “1883,” in that these are limited series and don’t require a lengthy commitment. Another facet that drew Ford to “1923” was fellow movie star Helen Mirren, who plays Ford’s wife on the show. “Helen was a big part of the lure of it all for me. [… There’s] a very important central relationship here between husband and wife. The marriage that we’re portraying is one of a really deep, deep complex partnership between these two people,” Ford told Turner Classic Movies.
The “Yellowstone” spin-off isn’t Ford’s only main series role in 2023. He’s also part of “Shrinking,” which premieres Friday on Apple TV+. “1923” is streaming now on Paramount+, with the second half of Season 1 starting February 5.