10 Cool Things About Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1. R2-D2 and C-3PO Easter Eggs
2. The goal was to make a good budget film, not a masterpiece
3. Harrison Ford had actually been run over by an airplane
4. How the movie came to be
When George Lucas released Star Wars, he doubted that it would be a box office hit. So, he immediately invited Spielberg to go on a trip with him to Hawaii, where they could plan for a new project. Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond movie, but had been rejected. So when Lucas introduced the idea of an adventure story inspired by classic serials, Spielberg saw this as an opportunity to make a character that would be as awesome as James Bond, but with his own unique take.
5. Ford had to really outrun the boulder
6. More than just a hat
It’s hard to imagine Indy without his hat. He always wore it and it never fell off despite all the action that went on. But this hat is more than just a part of an outfit. In reality, it was an important aspect in the production of the movie itself because it helped obscure the character’s face, which would then make it difficult to tell whether or not Ford’s stunt double was doing the riskier scenes.
7. It could’ve been Indiana Smith
8. How the monkey learned the Nazi salute
When you cast an animal in a movie, you’re pretty much always setting yourself up for difficult takes down the line. This proved more than true when the movie’s villainous but adorable capuchin monkey took 50 takes to master a scene. But how did the team teach this monkey how to do a Nazi salute? It was actually pretty simple. They just hung a grape from a fishing pole and dangled it in front of the monkey off-camera until he reached for it, which appeared as if he was saluting.
9. The filming was sped up using miniature models
10. Indy wasn’t supposed to just shoot the swordsman
In one scene, as the swordsman boasted his skills, Indy casually pulls his gun out and shoots him dead. However, in the original script, Indy was supposed to use his whip to fight the swordsman. Unfortunately, Ford was struggling with dysentary and a long drawn out fight would’be been a major strain on his body. They were shooting in Tunisia at that time and were also struggling with the heat. Spielberg wanted to finish the scene as soon as possible and Ford suggested that it would make sense to simply shoot the swordsman. And in so doing, an iconic Indy moment was born.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Gift Ideas
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