Indonesia threatens to deport Harrison Ford

Minister claims actor was ‘harassing state institutions’ over interview about illegal logging and climate change

Harrison Ford  has been in Indonesia filming an episode for the climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Harrison Ford has been in Indonesia filming an episode for the climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Thu, Sep 12, 2013, 01:00

The Hollywood actor Harrison Ford (71) has been accused of “harassing state institutions” in Indonesia and threatened with deportation after allegedly confronting a minister during an interview about illegal logging and climate change.

The forestry minister, Zulkifi Hasan, said he was left shocked by Ford’s emotionally charged interview techniques and complained there was no time to go over the questions before filming began, local media reported.

“I suddenly had my face made up and was then interviewed,” Mr Hasan told the state news agency Antara. “I was given a chance to make only one or two comments.”

The actor has been in Indonesia filming an episode for the climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which will air in April 2014 and feature Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ford travelled around the country to interview Indonesian activists and officials. – (Guardian service)