My Geeky Trivia
Hmsbeefnuts? What? Yeah that’s right for the next four weeks, Geeky Gem is taking a well earned rest from this trivia lark, and I’m taking over, and to be honest, I can’t blame her for wanting a rest. This proves quite time consuming. But anyway, enough of my grumbling. To kick off my residency at Geeky Trivia I shall be looking at one of the greatest hero’s of all time, a teacher, an expert on the occult, an archaeologist, and an obtainer of rare antiquities, that’s right folks, it’s Dr. Henry Jones Jnr. Indiana Jones himself.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
Harrison Ford was not first choice to play Indy. Tom Selleck was originally chosen, but pulled out because of his Magnum P.I. Show. Other actors considered were rumoured to be, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Nick Nolte, Jack Nicholson and Steve Martin!!!
George Lucas came up with the idea for Indy, around the same time as he came up with Star Wars, what a year that must have been, shame he can’t have good ideas now…
Harrison Ford ad-libbed the line, ‘It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage’. What a legend, one of my favourite lines in the series!
Whilst filming in Tunisia, all the crew got sick, apart from Steven Spielberg, who refused to eat anything local, eating only the cans of Spaghetti-O’s he had brought with him.
The famous scene where the Arab swordsman gets shot by Indy was not in the original script. Indy was supposed to have a fight using his whip. However, being too ill to perform the fight, Ford came up with the shooting joke, and Spielberg went with it, and film legend was born.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
During the insect chamber sequence, Kate Capshaw was covered with over 2,000 bugs, rather her than me!
Mola Ram actor, Amrish Puri, shaved his head for the role, it caused such a buzz that he kept the look, and became one of India’s most popular go-to film villains.
Ghostbuster alert!! Dan Ackroyd has a cameo near the start of the film. As Indy, Shortround and Willy get to the airport after being chased by the villainous Lau Che, Ackroyd is the officer who leads them to the plane. He is pretty unrecognisable, but his voice is the give away.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, during the entire Zeppelin sequence, wore no trousers. This was due to the fact that the set was very hot, and Connery didn’t want to sweat.
When Connery is shot near the end of the film, the gun used is a Walther PPK, the very same gun that a certain British Spy used. (Hint: it’s James Bonds weapon of choice).
So there we are, I hope you know considerably more about Indiana Jones now than you did about five minutes ago. You can impress your friends in the playground, or by the water cooler in work, and be the envy of everyone in school or work. You are welcome. Next week….RAY HARRYHAUSEN.