The Indiana Jonesr left his wife Melissa Mathison and began dating much younger actress Calista Flockhart shortly after the landmark.
And while he refuses to use the words 'mid-life crisis', Ford acknowledges entering his seventh decade had a profound impact on his life.
He says, "I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won't be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity.
"I was interested in changing my life. I have always had the ability to change and become other people through my acting. I took a good look at myself and decided I wanted something different from the way I was living.
"That's not such a bad thing, is it? But, because of my past, I think it took a lot of people by surprise. They wondered what was happening to me.
"I was very much aware of what was happening. I'm living the way I want to live."
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Despite an age gap of 23 years--the Ally McBeal actress is 40--the couple have defied critics by making their relationship last three years.
He says, "I am quite happy with that. It's fun to be around young kids. I have a couple of grandchildren with my older boys and perhaps there are already enough youngsters in my life, but you never know."
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