Cast and Crew of Indy 4 talk
In their special ‘Indiana Jones’ themed issue this month, Empire Magazine Australia caught up with team players Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Vic Armstrong and Producer Frank Marshall to get the latest – and once again, nothing very special at the update they give – on the sluggishly-moving fourth “Indy” adventure.
Lucas says he never wanted to do a fourth one, because it’s too hard to come up with a MacGuffin, but Spielberg and Ford were dead keen.
Spielberg does state, however, that it still isn’t a sure thing. “Indy has made his mark. It will be said if there is never another Indy Jones movie. But at the same time, if there is, it will be wonderful. If there isn’t, I’m happy with he memories of the last three”.
There is a script though, says Lucas. “I discovered a MacGuffin. So I told the guys and they were a little dubious about it, but it’s the best one we’ve ever found”.
Spielberg and Ford liked Lucas’s idea, but thought it was a bit “too connected”, so it’s been tweaked since. In fact, Spielberg asked Lucas to change the ‘MacGuffin’ at one point, but the former held his ground and won.
“I said, ‘We’ll have to go back to that original MacGuffin, but I’ll take out the offending parts of it and we’ll still use that area of the supernatural”.
Producer Frank Marshall says they’re not going to infest the film – despite it being a supernatural film – with special effects.
“We’re going to shoot them like we did the last three, not jazz up the effects or make them more unbelievable than they were”, he says, adding that Ford will be doing his own stunts in the movie.
Not that there will be a lot of stunts, because Indy will be aged in the movie. “It’s going to be at least 10 years after the last one. I mean, he’s not going to try and play what he was in Last Crusade”.
Vic Armstrong, captain stunts himself, says he’s been contacted about doing “three fantastic stunt sequences” in the film.
Karen Allen, rumoured to be reprising her role as Marion (from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) for the film, says she thinks there might be something to rumours that Natalie Portman has been asked to play Indy’s daughter in the film. “When my character wakes up on the Pirate ship [in Raiders], it occurred to me they had their wonderful thing in bed…I was thinking, Hmm, she’s dark haired….”.
Rhys-Davies, expected to reprise his role as Sallah, says, “Spielberg, Lucas and Ford are no longer in it just to make money, they’re in it to write another chapter in the history of film. If you hear that the new Indiana Jones is being made, it will because those three men are absolutely committed to the greatest Indiana Jones film of all.”
“Indy 4” – should it happen – will film in 2007, and be released the following year.