Harrison Ford clashes with Indonesian government on climate

In this photograph taken on September 9, 2013, US actor Harrison Ford (R) arrives at the forest ministry building in Jakarta to interview Indonesia's Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan. Indonesia's forestry minister has accused Hollywood legend Harrison Ford of subjecting him to a rude interview on climate change that left him "shocked", an official said on September 10, 2013. The "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" actor, who is making part of an environmental documentary in Indonesia, attacked the minister with questions during the encounter on September 9, said presidential advisor Andi Arief. AFP PHOTO / HADI WIJAYA (Photo credit should read HADI WIJAYA/AFP/Getty Images) AFP

Harrison Ford was allegedly threatened with deportation after conducting a series of high-profile interviews about climate change in Indonesia.

The "Paranoia" star interviewed the Indonesian president in Jakarta on Tuesday about environmental degradation.

Known for his roles in the "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars"films, Ford is also an environmental activist and a director of Conservation International.

During the interview, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono explained Indonesia's commitment to preserving its oceans and forests, spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Ford is in Indonesia for the production of a documentary series on climate change titled "Years of Living Dangerously."

The 71-year-old actor has visited several national forests and parks and interviewed activists, businesspeople and government officials, including Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan.

Hasan was reportedly angered over Ford's criticism of environmental damage to the country's forests.

"He was very emotional. His temper was high during the interview," the national Antara news agency quoted Hasan as saying.

Presidential adviser Andi Arief was also said to be displeased with Ford's questions.

""There's no privilege for [Ford] although he is a great actor," Arief said. "His crew and those who were helping him in Indonesia must be questioned to find out their motives for harassing a state institution."

"If necessary, we will deport him," he added.

Ford and his team have filmed stories behind land degradation, deforestation, and conservation in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands.

Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" series explores the human impact of climate change and is a collaboration among Hollywood stars and journalists.

  • CBS News Staff

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