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TODAY   |  March 06, 2014

Ed Harris voiced ‘mission abort’ line in ‘Gravity’

The actor talks to TODAY about starring in the new film “The Face of Love” with Annette Bening, and to chat about delivering some key lines in “Gravity” that kept us on the edge of our seats.

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>>> appeared in some of the biggest films, including " apollo 13 ."

>> he stars with annette benning , getting a second chance at love but their relationship isn't what it seems.

>> i've had a life, you've had a life. it's selfish but you look at me in a way that nobody has before. and when i'm with you, i feel something different. and here you are. i don't really know you, you don't really know me. i guess your heart's broken, but i don't want to let you go.

>> romantic.

>> so romantic.

>> you romantic devil, you. this is a love story but kind of unconventional in that you play two roles.

>> i play annette's husband in flashbacks and then i play another guy who resembles him.

>> a little creepy there.

>> what's it like working with annette benning ?

>> i love working with annette. that's one of the reasons i wanted to do the movie. we had been doing plays together -- not the same play but at the same time at a theater in l.a. and got to know each other a little bit. she's so grounded, she's just who she is. she's such a wonderful actress. she's really nice. it was easy to fall in love with her.

>> you guys are great on screen together. a review said the acting in this movie was just bliss. it was a pleasure to watch the two of you together.

>> we had a really good time. and ari posen who wrote the script, fun to work with.

>> is this true that this is inspired a little bit by something that happened to his mother?

>> at the l.a. county museum of art, which we actually got to shoot, his mother was walking across the street after being at the museum. i guess her husband had been dead a few years and she saw this guy across the street who looked just like her husband. and told this to her son and over the years he developed it into this story.

>> that's beautiful.

>> so a lot of people don't realize that you were actually in "gravity." sort of.

>> i was mission control in the beginning.

>> we're going to play a little clip of it.

>> okay.

>> mission abort. repeat. mission abort.

>> debris, visual contact with debris.

>> requesting transport.

>> we have to go. we have to go, go, go!

>> how long did it take to rehearse for that?

>> well, that's not the only