Why? Because as director Peter Weir told me the other night after an all-Guild screening in Sherman Oaks, Harris has an iconic masculine American grace. The camera loves him; he brings something extra to everything he does. In a large ensemble that Weir did not permit star turns, Harris provides the emotional spine. The Way Back is a long, long trek movie--across mountains and deserts and through clouds of mosquitoes. Subtly and sturdily, Harris carries the picture. "There's a lack of sentimentality," says Harris. "There's never an emotional release of any kind. It's about the group dynamic, the survival."
Besides, Harris is due: he's been nominated four times and never won, once for Weir's own The Truman Show.
Check out my flip-cam interview with Harris at L'Ermitage below.