Sep 26, 14
Thirty years ago, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” the much-awaited follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” debuted. Indiana Jones was back — although the film was set earlier than the events of “Raiders” — and this time, he had a dame (Kate Capshaw) and a kid (Jonathan Ke Quan) with him. Oh, and he wasn’t fighting Nazis, just a deadly, child-enslaving cult.
Here are 30 things you might not have known about the movie.
May 23, 12
The second film in the famed Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, celebrates its 28th anniversary today! The sequel to one of the biggest action adventure films of all time, 1981’s Raiders of The Lost Ark. The series spawned an iconic hero in Indiana Jones, the confident and sometimes way over his head archeologist of the 1930s, and gave Harrison Ford, already well known as Han Solo in Star Wars, yet another classic character who got to chew the scenery in every scene he was in.
Feb 29, 12
The globe-trotting, whip-wielding adventurer will be seen in the High Definition format later this year. This is the trailer that promotes the upcoming release:
- Tom Selleck was George Lucas’s original choice for the role but had to turn it down due to his commitment to the US TV series Magnum PI.
- Indiana Jones was actually Indiana Smith until the first day of shooting.
- The famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy shoots the man dramatically wielding a scimitar was improvised by Harrison Ford. He was suffering from piles and didn’t want to do the extended fight scene that was planned.
- Sean Connery, who played Indy’s father in The Last Crusade, is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford.
- Renowned British wrestler and Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Pat Roach was killed twice in Raiders of the Lost Ark (as a Sherpa in the bar fight and as the Nazi pugilist who meets the wrong end of a propeller) and is pushed into a rock crusher in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Harrison Ford got his distinctive chin scar in a car crash in his 20s.
- R2-D2 and C3PO, the robots from Star Wars, can be seen in the hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- The “chilled monkey-brains” in Temple of Doom were actually made from custard and raspberry sauce.
- Steven Spielberg and George Lucas play missionaries in the airport at the start of Temple of Doom.
- Indiana Jones’ horse in The Last Crusade was also John Rambo’s horse in Rambo III.