Without fanfare, the Hollywood star known for his role in the Indiana Jones movie franchise, Harrison Ford, has been venturing deep into Indonesian forests and breathing the air of Jakarta in between.
Ford and his team are in Indonesia to work on their contribution to a documentary film on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, which is coproduced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie is set to premier in April 2014.
Ford, who snuck into Jakarta on Sept. 1 on a chartered jet at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta, aimed to interview a number of local environmental figures as well as provide the narration for the section on Indonesian rainforests ' including information on forest fires, peatland conservation and oil palm plantations.
The list of Ford's interviewees include President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development (UKP4) chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto; Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan; plantation businessman Franky Widjaja, and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Kadin) deputy chair for the environment and climate change, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani.
Presidential special staffer for disaster relief Andi Arief said on Saturday that Yudhoyono would be interviewed on Sept. 10. 'But I am not sure if the President's meeting with Ford will be included as part of the movie,' he told The Jakarta Post.
Andi also said the location of the interview with Yudhoyono had not yet been decided.
Shooting is already underway in Jakarta before the team moves to Riau. Ford recently filmed inclusive peatland conservation activities conducted by Dharsono Hartono and activists from international green groups, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace.
President Yudhoyono, who last week attended the G20 leaders' summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, informed his ministers about Ford's two-week trip to Indonesia four days before Idul Fitri.
During a Cabinet meeting, the President said Ford had asked him for a meeting and an interview.
After receiving the President's nod, Ford, through Presidential Palace officials, asked if the President would like him to bring any of the movies that he had starred in.
'Indiana Jones', the President was quoted as saying.