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Five things we learned as Harrison Ford joined Steven Spielberg to screen Raiders of the Lost Ark in LA

Sep. 13, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Last night, the LA Times held a screening of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in Los Angeles with director Steven Spielberg, who just happened to bring a special, unannounced guest in Harrison Ford. (I was not there. I was here in New Jersey where nothing good ever happens.) Besides the awesome opportunity to get to see RAIDERS on the big screen, both Spielberg and Ford talked about the movie with the audience and dropped some interesting tidbits of information.

No More Alien Adventures for Indiana Jones: Nothing particularly breaking on INDIANA JONES 5. "We're hopeful," says Spielberg as Ford quickly interjects with, "But I ain't goin' to Mars." (But seriously, he adds, "I'd be delighted to play the character again...")

Harrison Ford Was Offered a Role in JURASSIC PARK: When Ford mentions that Spielberg has only ever cast him as Indiana Jones, the director informs the crowd that he offered Ford the role of Dr. Grant in JURASSIC PARK but the actor turned it down. The audience gasps. Harrison Ford shrugs his shoulders.

Spielberg Regrets Caving to Parental Pressure to Edit E.T.: It apparently didn't take long before the topic of STAR WARS came up. Spielberg says that while he doesn't agree with George Lucas, he's a good friend and if that's what he wants to do to his films, that's his business. As for changing his own films, Spielberg says, "I tried it once and I learned to regret it." He admitted that making changes to E.T. for the special edition was a mistake that was "robbing the people of their memories of the movie." He seemed to indicate that the upcoming E.T. Blu-ray would include the original cut only.

The INDIANA JONES Blu-rays Will Wait for George Lucas: As for the INDIANA JONES Blu-ray set, Spielberg said he hopes that Lucas will have more time to focus on this effort now that STAR WARS is done. He wasn't sure if they were going to release them individually or as one giant box-set. No idea on when the film will finally hit shelves but Spielberg hopes it's "soon."

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Is The Only Movie Steven Spielberg Directed That He Can Watch All the Way Through: Spielberg doesn't revisit his films very often but admitted that RAIDERS is the only project in his filmography that he can actually watch. "Of all the movies I’ve ever made, RAIDERS is maybe the only one I can watch from beginning to end..." Spielberg added, "Same with THE LAST CRUSADE - those are my two favorites in the series," conspicuously leaving out TEMPLE OF DOOM and KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, the two most maligned films in the series (though in fairness, TEMPLE is still pretty damn good).

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10:04AM on 09/14/2011

I agree

Lucas Constantly changing the Star Wars movies makes the movies into a Michael Jackson type figure, someone who has self loathing and constantly gets plastic surgery to fix what they conceive as their flaws.
Meanwhile they are deforming themselves so much that they no longer look the same to those who know them. They look deformed and disturbing. Yet we still love them because we know who they are inside....we just wish they would look like their old selves again.
Lucas Constantly changing the Star Wars movies makes the movies into a Michael Jackson type figure, someone who has self loathing and constantly gets plastic surgery to fix what they conceive as their flaws.
Meanwhile they are deforming themselves so much that they no longer look the same to those who know them. They look deformed and disturbing. Yet we still love them because we know who they are inside....we just wish they would look like their old selves again.
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10:24PM on 09/13/2011
"..the director informs the crowd that he offered Ford the role of Dr. Grant in JURASSIC PARK but the actor turned it down. The audience gasps. Harrison Ford shrugs his shoulders."

LMFAO I can totally picture that.
"..the director informs the crowd that he offered Ford the role of Dr. Grant in JURASSIC PARK but the actor turned it down. The audience gasps. Harrison Ford shrugs his shoulders."

LMFAO I can totally picture that.
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9:50PM on 09/13/2011
as a kid growing up, i didn't know anything about critics or popularity. all i know is i thought Temple of Doom rocked (and I still do)
as a kid growing up, i didn't know anything about critics or popularity. all i know is i thought Temple of Doom rocked (and I still do)
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10:33AM on 09/14/2011
bc it does...u are correct.
bc it does...u are correct.
9:18PM on 09/13/2011

Indy 4

I liked the fourth Indy film. I was one of the few that still thinks it follows the same formula as the originals and as far as I am concerned I still liked it better than Temple of Doom.... just thought Temple was funny, but really bad as far as films go. I can sit through all of them, though.
I liked the fourth Indy film. I was one of the few that still thinks it follows the same formula as the originals and as far as I am concerned I still liked it better than Temple of Doom.... just thought Temple was funny, but really bad as far as films go. I can sit through all of them, though.
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7:04PM on 09/13/2011
Whatever they decide to do in the future, I'll always be thankful for the kick ass adventures they originally gave us.
Whatever they decide to do in the future, I'll always be thankful for the kick ass adventures they originally gave us.
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4:05PM on 09/13/2011
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is without a doubt the worst of the series - but it's still one of the most entertaining adventure films of the past decade. At least, for me.
My favorite Indy would be The Last Crusade. But I love Raiders, too. And Temple of Doom... Man, I love Indiana Jones movies!
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is without a doubt the worst of the series - but it's still one of the most entertaining adventure films of the past decade. At least, for me.
My favorite Indy would be The Last Crusade. But I love Raiders, too. And Temple of Doom... Man, I love Indiana Jones movies!
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3:20PM on 09/13/2011
Ford as Grant might have been cool, but I don't think anyone would have believed that Harrison Ford could completely miss a 9 foot long velociraptor with all three shotgun blasts.
Ford as Grant might have been cool, but I don't think anyone would have believed that Harrison Ford could completely miss a 9 foot long velociraptor with all three shotgun blasts.
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3:14PM on 09/13/2011
"(I was not there. I was here in New Jersey where nothing good ever happens.)" ....... True that my friend. True. That.
"(I was not there. I was here in New Jersey where nothing good ever happens.)" ....... True that my friend. True. That.
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2:52PM on 09/13/2011
As other schmoes are saying (which greatly pleases me) yes, I love Ford but Neil made that role iconic :)
As other schmoes are saying (which greatly pleases me) yes, I love Ford but Neil made that role iconic :)
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2:52PM on 09/13/2011
I love it when filmmakers are open and honest. I wish Spielberg would whisper in Lucas' ear, "Hey, bud, you should release the original, remastered trilogy with the special editions ..... fucker."
I love it when filmmakers are open and honest. I wish Spielberg would whisper in Lucas' ear, "Hey, bud, you should release the original, remastered trilogy with the special editions ..... fucker."
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12:57PM on 09/13/2011

If Harrison played Grant...

He would have bitch slapped the kid who called the raptor a 6-foot turkey.
However, Sam Neill owns that fucking role!
I can only imagine how funny it must have been to see Ford shrug his shoulders when the audience gasped.
He would have bitch slapped the kid who called the raptor a 6-foot turkey.
However, Sam Neill owns that fucking role!
I can only imagine how funny it must have been to see Ford shrug his shoulders when the audience gasped.
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11:45AM on 09/13/2011
Jurassic Park with Harrison Ford would have been pretty cool. GET OFF MY CHEROKEE!
Jurassic Park with Harrison Ford would have been pretty cool. GET OFF MY CHEROKEE!
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11:41AM on 09/13/2011
Raiders is quite possibly the only movie I'd ever describe as being a perfect film.

What Lucas doesn't get is that movies are like people. You take the good with the bad. A great movie can have flaws, and those flaws can become endearing. Constantly obsessing over mistakes and shortcomings is a path to ruin both in life and movie-making.
Raiders is quite possibly the only movie I'd ever describe as being a perfect film.

What Lucas doesn't get is that movies are like people. You take the good with the bad. A great movie can have flaws, and those flaws can become endearing. Constantly obsessing over mistakes and shortcomings is a path to ruin both in life and movie-making.
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12:23PM on 09/13/2011
^^^^ THIS!
^^^^ THIS!
12:42PM on 09/13/2011
That is one of the best things I have read in a long time. You just showed why we all love movies and appreciate life in general.
That is one of the best things I have read in a long time. You just showed why we all love movies and appreciate life in general.
11:17AM on 09/13/2011
I am surprised that Raiders is the only film he can watch. What about Saving Private Ryan or Schindler's List? Great films that Spielberg made.
I am surprised that Raiders is the only film he can watch. What about Saving Private Ryan or Schindler's List? Great films that Spielberg made.
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1:04PM on 09/13/2011
Funny thing about making a movie is sometimes when it's done, the filmmaker can only focus on the bad.

And those two movies aren't exactly fun, either.
Funny thing about making a movie is sometimes when it's done, the filmmaker can only focus on the bad.

And those two movies aren't exactly fun, either.
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10:50AM on 09/13/2011
Cool stuff all around, although I'm glad he turned down the role of Alan Grant, as I am absolutely convinced Sam Neill was born for the role.
Cool stuff all around, although I'm glad he turned down the role of Alan Grant, as I am absolutely convinced Sam Neill was born for the role.
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