The long-awaited return of Indiana Jones

Harrison Ford hangs up the Indiana Jones whip again. The last time he did it was in 2008 with the, so far, fourth and last installment of the famous archaeologist’s adventures. On this occasion, behind the camera will be the director of “Logan”, James Mangold, instead of Steven Spielberg, who will be one of the producers.

According to the information revealed, the new film will hit theaters in the summer of 2022. As the moment draws near, here are some curious facts about the saga to whet your appetite.

THE SAGA

1981

“Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”
1984

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Perdition”
1989

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
2008

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

COULD HAVE WEARED A MUSTACHE

Now it is unthinkable to associate Indiana Jones with a face other than that of Harrison Ford. However, it was not the only option that was considered. And, according to some media, it was not even the first. In a parallel universe, Jones would have a mustache. A very thick one.

Tom Selleck, star of “Magmun PI”, was about to put on the brown hat. Rumors say that he did not accept the role, but the actor himself denied it on the David Letterman show.
He had done the pilot for the CBS series and auditioned for Indiana Jones. They called him the following week and Lucas and Spielberg told him it was theirs, but the more they talked to the network, the more they refused to let him go.

“Steven sent me a wonderful letter. He said ‘Tom, this should have worked. You can work for me at any time, in fact, I owe you a role, ‘”Selleck said.

Apparently Lucas had his doubts about Ford, because he had already worked on other films with him. He did not want to create a relationship like the one established between Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro: “I was suspicious that we would become like them. I thought: let’s create a new icon, ”the director told Empire publication.

THE LESS GOOD … AND THE DIRECTOR’S LOVE

The director’s least favorite film in the entire saga is “The Temple of Doom”, coinciding, most likely, with the vast majority of fans of the initial trilogy.

“I look back at ‘The Temple of Doom’ and I say, well, the best thing I got out of this movie was … I met Kate Capshaw.” Spielberg and Capshaw married in 1991.

THE GUN OPTION

One of the funniest scenes in the movies was the one stemming from Ford’s dysentery while filming in Tunisia.

Jones had to face a man who skillfully wielded a sword, but due to his condition, he came up with an alternative. “So I proposed to Steven the idea of ​​dispatching this maniac. I hadn’t drawn my gun in the entire movie, so I said, ‘Let’s shoot that bastard.’ And so we did, ”Ford told Rolling Stone.

THE SON OF “JAMES BOND”

In “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” appears a crucial character in the story of the protagonist, his father. Spielberg wanted to focus on the relationship between the two and used the metaphor of the search for the Holy Grail.

For the role of the father, there was only one person who could play it. And that was James Bond. The original James Bond, the best James Bond, Sean Connery, “said Spielberg in the documentary” Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy. ” Fortunately for him, Connery agreed.

Neither Connery nor Ford were wearing pants in the scene where they are sitting at the table in the zeppelin. Ford asked Connery if he was thinking of riding without pants, to which he replied: “Well if I don’t I will stop all the time, because I sweat a lot, I sweat very easily.” Following this reply, Ford did the same.

A WOMAN OF CHARACTER

If it is difficult to imagine another face for the archaeologist, it is no less complicated to give it another name. At first, when Lucas began to spin the story, Indiana, or Henry Jr., the character’s birth name, was going to be called Smith, not Jones. Spielberg was in charge of baptizing him with the surname already known to all.

Inspiration for the character of Marion Ravenwood, played by Karen Allen, came
of the cinema.

“She was always the spirited action hero I had admired growing up watching movies,” Spielberg told Vanity Fair.

“Especially watching old movies from the 1930s, when women defended themselves against men. Where women could save the day, like Irene Dunn, like Ann Sheridan or like Barbara Stanwyck ”.

SOME ALMOST UNPRESSIBLE GESTURES

The Indiana plane in “The Riders of the Lost Ark” is named OB-CPO. According to Weekly Entertainment, it was in tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi and C3-PO, from Lucas’s other creature, “Star Wars.”
In addition, in the Well of Souls, the friendly droids of the saga, C3-PO and R2-D2, appear in the form of a hieroglyph.

In “The Temple of Doom,” the villain Lao Che’s bar name also pays homage to the Jedi. Above the neon of the bar, above the door, another luminous sign was read by Obi Wan.

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