10 Behind the Scenes Facts About Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones is one of the best action-adventure franchises of all time. Created by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the movies (and an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) stars Harrison Ford as a whip-cracking archaeologist who undertakes dangerous missions to recover important artifacts. With Ford apparently making his last outing as the fearless Dr. Jones this year in Indiana Jones and the dial of fateHere are 10 behind-the-scenes facts about the iconic franchise.

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10 Indiana Jones features some Star Wars connections

no wonder Star Wars and Indiana Jones they share some connections, given George Lucas’ involvement in both franchises. The most obvious shared element between the two is Harrison Ford, but it goes way beyond that. For example, Lucas’s Alaskan Malamute not only provided the name chosen by Dr. Jones; she also inspired Chewbacca. Lucas explains that while he was writing the original Star Wars movie, Indiana (the dog) “he would always sit next to me when I was writing. And when she was driving, she would sit in the front seat… Having her with me all the time inspired me to give Han Solo a companion that was like a big furry dog.”

He Indiana Jones the movies also feature some Star Wars Easter eggs. When Indy is exploring the Well of Souls in in search of the lost ark (1981), a depiction of R2-D2 and C-3PO can be seen in the hieroglyphics carved on the walls. The club where Willie performs temple of doom (1984) is called Club Obi-Wan. And in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Indy even utters the line that appears in every Star Wars movie: “I have a bad feeling about this.”[1]

9 Diarrhea led Ford to change a fight sequence in Raiders

While filming scenes for in search of the lost ark in Tunisia (as a substitute for Egypt), almost the entire team contracted dysentery, including Harrison Ford. In a Reddit AMA, Ford explained that the comedic scene where he just shoots the swordsman was a result of him “suffering from dysentery,” which meant he “find it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for 10+ minutes.” at once”. ”

Originally, this fight was “destined to be the last duel between the sword and the whip”. But Harrison couldn’t bear the thought of the fight taking two or three days to film, so he “proposed to Steven that we shoot the son of a bitch, and Steve said, ‘I was thinking about that, too.'”

Spielberg himself never actually got sick because before he left England for Tunisia, he “packed a trunk full of tinned food.” His diet consisted essentially of “Spaghetti-O’s, pork and beans, whatever they had from Sainsbury’s in England.”[2]

8 Temple of Doom helped create the PG-13 rating

temple of doom it’s darker in tone than its predecessor, and part of the reason for this is that both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were going through some heartbreak, the former going through a divorce and the latter a breakup. Lucas recalls: “We weren’t in a good mood, so we decided on something adventurous. He ended up darker than we thought he would be. Once we got out of our bad mood, which went on for a year or two, we looked at it and said, ‘Hmmmm, we certainly took it to the extreme.'”

Although the film was born out of emotional suffering, it led Spielberg to meet his future wife, Kate Capshaw, who played Willie. “I came out of the darkness of temple of doomand I walked into the light of the woman I would eventually marry and start a family with,” he says.

When temple of doom was released in 1984, there was no PG-13 rating. The Motion Picture Association of America felt the film did not deserve an R rating, so it was rated PG, much to the anger of many parents. gremlinswhich Spielberg executive produced, was released just a month later and fell into the same group.

Spielberg described it as “a perfect storm of films that I produced [or] managed.” He agreed that the movies were neither PG nor R, so he called MPAA President Jack Valenti to ask for a rating between the two. “Jack was proactive about it, he was completely on board, and before I knew it, there was a PG-13 rating,” he says.[3]

7 The renowned playwright is an uncredited writer of the Last Crusade

George Lucas, Jeffrey Boam, and Menno Meyjes are officially credited with writing the last crusade (1989), but they also had the help of Tom Stoppard, a celebrated playwright who was knighted for his contribution to the theater. Much of the last crusade is about Indy’s relationship with his estranged father, played by Sean Connery. “It was an emotional story, but I didn’t want to get sentimental,” says Spielberg. “The disconnect between them was the basis for a lot of comedy. And he gave Tom Stoppard, who was uncredited, a lot to write about. Tom is pretty much responsible for every line of dialogue.”

But one line of dialogue that wasn’t written by Stoppard was Jones Sr. joking that he knew Elsa Schneider was actually a Nazi because she “sleep talks.” This line was improvised by Connery. Julian Glover, who plays villainous businessman Walter Donovan, recalls that “they had to stop filming. Everybody fell to the ground and Steven was like, ‘Well, that’s in it.’”[4]

6 Ford and Connery did not wear pants in a scene from the last crusade

Indiana and her dad taking a ride in a zeppelin in last crusade It’s a lot of fun, but actually filming these scenes was pretty disgusting. It was very hot on the set, so for the scene where Indy and her father sit at a table arguing, Connery decided to strip down a few layers.

“I played without my pants on,” Connery admits. “And Harrison says, ‘You’re not going to perform in the scene without your pants on.’ I said, ‘Well, if I don’t, I’ll stop all the time because I sweat a lot; I sweat very easily.’” Despite his earlier objections, the heat ended up forcing Ford to join Connery in removing his pants.[5]

5 Ke Huy Quan accidentally landed the role of Short Round in Temple of Doom

When an open casting call was held to find the actor for Indy’s young partner in temple of doom, Ke Huy Quan did not intend to audition for the role. In an interview about Jimmy Kimmel Live!Quan explained that “my little brother went to the audition, I accompanied him and I was coaching him behind the camera, and the casting director saw me and asked if I wanted to try it out.”

The next day he was called to meet with Spielberg, Lucas and Ford. “My mom heard ‘Hollywood,’ she heard ‘famous director,’ she thought it was a very classy reunion,” she recalls. “So she put me in this three-piece suit with a little gold chain hanging from the side pocket.” Spielberg noticed how uncomfortable Quan was and asked him to come back the next day in normal clothes, and that audition sealed the deal. Quan had not seen Star Wars either in search of the lost arkso she had no idea how important the three men in the room were.[6]

4 The flying wings fight in Raiders was largely impromptu

In in search of the lost ark, Indiana fights a couple of Nazis to steal their plane, and Spielberg really concocted this fight on the fly. “I threw out the storyboards and started choreographing the fight, and basically made up that scene while we were filming it,” he recalls. “That scene was only meant to be a couple of shots, and it turned out to be something like 60 or 70 different takes.”

Another unexpected thing about that scene is the appearance of producer Frank Marshall as a pilot. This role was supposed to be played by a stuntman because Marion knocks out the character, but all the stuntmen were sick. Spielberg asked Marshall to intervene, later quipping, “Maybe the stuntmen were sick on purpose” because the temperature inside the cabin was “around 140 degrees.”

Harrison Ford was also injured while filming this scene, just one of the injuries he sustained during the course of filming for the movies. He fell and the plane’s wheels rode up on his knee, tearing the ACL in his leg. He decided to wrap and ice the injury and continue filming.[7]

3 Mine Cart Sounds at Temple of Doom are Disneyland roller coasters

There are some Indiana Jones rides and attractions at Disney parks around the world, but Disneyland, in California, also makes its own appearance in temple of doom. For the minecart scene, sound designers Ben Burtt and Gary Summers were given special access to Disneyland to record the sounds of the roller coasters.

The couple were allowed into the park when it was closed for the night to ride the various roller coasters and capture the noises they made without the music being turned on. “We had a very strange night there,” says Burtt. The various clangs, screeches and rolling recorded that night served as the basis for the sound design of the exciting mine wagon chase.[8]

2 Dan Aykroyd has a cameo in Temple of Doom

Near the beginning of temple of doom, Dan Aykroyd makes a brief cameo that is easily overlooked. Playing a character named Weber, he helps Indy, Willie, and Short Round escape from Hong Kong on a plane (though that plan doesn’t go as planned).

He Ghostbusters the actor is on screen for about 20 seconds, which seems like enough time to spot his cameo. But the scene is shot at night and does not feature close-ups, so Aykroyd’s face is hard to see. And while he has multiple lines of dialogue, the actor also puts on an exaggerated English accent, further obscuring his identity.[9]

1 The raft sequence in Temple of Doom was filmed in one take

The plane our trio boards to leave Hong Kong crashes on purpose, but they jump to safety on an inflatable raft. This stunt is sometimes criticized as being too unrealistic, but not only is it theoretically possible, it was also filmed in one take. In an interview with Ain’t It Cool News, producer Frank Marshall explained that they wanted to make the shot practical because they “always felt like the more real stuff we can use, the funnier and better it looks.”

Marshall asked a life raft manufacturer to design a raft that would inflate with the pull of a rip cord. This was put together in a tri-engine plane along with three dummies, and the shot was set up on Mammoth Peak in California. Marshall recalls that when the raft came out, “it balances perfectly, it unfolds right side up, the people are in it, it goes down, it hits and it bounces, and it’s just heavy enough to make it look real and then it slides down.” He said, “I think we got it,” and they were done after just one take.[10]

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