Indiana Jones: Harrison Ford discusses shooting fifth film
Spielberg said “Indiana Jones is not a perfect hero… He’s not James Bond.” Despite having featured in four films so far, and coming out triumphant in each one, the character has always been a little flawed, Spielberg explained. Next year, the character will play the hero for the fifth time in the next untitled Indy movie. Indy 5 will be different, though, because for the first time Spielberg is not helming the movie. Instead, Logan director James Mangold is directing the film. Spielberg previously admitted he was “worried” about Harrison Ford taking up the whip and pistol again after such a long time between films.
Speaking in an interview when The Crystal Skull came out in 2008, Spielberg revealed he wasn’t the only one worried about time passed between movies.
He said: “Harrison had the same problem I had.
“He’s spoken the words of so many different writers, and he’s been involved in so many different genres in 18 years, that we both wondered if we were going to be able to go back home together and be who we were.
“I mean, we’re both older—and we both look a bit older, I think, certainly – but at the same time Harrison needed to recapture the caustic, laconic spirit of Dr Jones.”
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Spielberg went on to add that, although Ford was 20-years older than he was during the shoot for the thrilling and fast-paced action in The Last Crusade, only one thing changed between films.
The 74-year-old said: “And, certainly, [Ford] was going to have to manage the action. And he did both of those things amazingly well, far beyond what I expected.
“He just did it so brilliantly and so effortlessly. He was just a little more out of breath after every stunt, just a little more, and so was I.”
The Academy Award winning director moved on to discuss how Indy’s flaws and downsides give him much more humanity.
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Spielberg said: “Indiana Jones was never a machine.
“I think one of the things we brought to the genre – and we didn’t coin the genre; it’s been around a lot longer than we’ve been around.
“But one of the things that George [Lucas] and I and, originally, [and] Larry Kasdan, the writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark, brought to the genre, was the willingness to allow our leading man to get hurt and to express his pain and to get his mad out and to take pratfalls and sometimes be the butt of his own jokes.”
He added: “I mean, Indiana Jones is not a perfect hero, and his imperfections, I think, make the audience feel that, with a little more exercise and a little more courage, they could be just like him.”
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Comparing the cinematic icon to other movie heroes and villains, Spielberg announced: “So he’s not the Terminator.
“He’s not so far away from the people who go to see the movies that he’s inaccessible to their own dreams and aspirations.”
Spielberg added that Indy is “not” even Bond. “Bond’s more impenetrable.”
The director previously criticised another of his Indiana Jones movies.
Spielberg previously disowned the second film in the series, The Temple of Doom.
The star hit out: “I wasn’t happy with the second film at all.
“It was too dark, too subterranean, and much too horrific. I thought it out-poltered Poltergeist.”
He even added: “There’s not an ounce of my own personal feeling in Temple of Doom.”
The Indiana Jones films are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video now.
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