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Sun Nov 23 09:25:15 SAST 2014

Indonesian official threatens to deport 'insulting' Harrison Ford

Sapa-dpa | 10 September, 2013 11:20
Harrison Ford. File photo.
Image by: MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS

A Indonesian presidential aide has threatened to have US actor Harrison Ford deported for acting rudely in front of a minister, local media reported Tuesday.

Ford is in Indonesia to shoot a documentary on climate change, called Years of Living Dangerously. On Monday, he interviewed Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan about forest destruction.

Ford allegedly barged into Hasan's office and asked tough questions even before the filming began, presidential aide Andi Arief told the Tempo.co news website.

Arief was quoted as saying that Ford, who is famous for his portrayal of adventurer Indiana Jones, stepped on Hasan's desk.

"There's no special treatment for Harrison Ford even though he is a great actor," Arief was quoted as saying.

"We need to question his crew why he insulted the office of the state," he said. "If necessary we can deport him."

Hasan described Ford as being "emotional" when raising the issue of deforestation during the interview, The Jakarta Post reported.

"It seems that what he wants to see is any perpetrators involved in the (environmental) damage immediately arrested," Hasan was quoted as saying.

Indonesia is home to about one-third of the world's remaining tropical forests where endangered species such as the orangutan and Sumatran tiger live.

It is one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases largely because of the rapid destruction of its forests. It aims to reduce the emissions by at least 26 per cent by 2020.

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