Indonesian minister 'shocked' at Harrison Ford climate interview

Indonesian minister 'shocked' at Harrison Ford climate interview
US actor Harrison Ford (R) arrives at the forest ministry building in Jakarta to interview Indonesia's Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan.

JAKARTA - 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 Tuesday.

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 Monday, said presidential advisor Andi Arief.

The advisor accused Ford and his crew of "harassing state institutions" and said the 71-year-old could even be deported - although he was due to leave Indonesia later Tuesday anyway.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan told reporters that he had been angered by Ford's approach during the interview in the capital Jakarta.

"His emotions were running very high," the minister was quoted as saying by the state-run Antara news agency.

"I understand the American man just came here to see Tesso Nilo (a national park on Sumatra island) and wanted violators to be caught the same day."

The minister added he was not given the chance to explain the challenges of catching people who break the law in Indonesia's sprawling rainforests, where illegal logging is rampant.

"I was only given the opportunity to say one or two sentences during the interview," he said.

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