Harrison Ford is a big screen veteran who has played many iconic characters in his day, but no two are more alike than Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Though they are characters living in vastly different times (and galaxies) both are arrogant, adventurous, and charismatic. In honor of this geeky hero's birthday, see if you can you tell the difference between these characters' famous quotes.
As someone who starred in two of the most classically geeky movie series of all time — Star Wars and Indiana Jones — Harrison Ford has cemented himself as a legendary icon in the sci-fi world. His roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones have made him one seriously celebrated geek, so in honor of his birthday, we're taking a look at some hidden trivia you may not know about the Hollywood star.
- He'd have killed off Han Solo — In an interview with ABC News, Harrison shared his thoughts on Han Solo: "The character, he was not so interesting to me," he said. "I thought he should've died in the last one, just to give it some bottom, some gravitas."
- Harrison is a master carpenter — Early in his career, he took up carpentry. Just how much of a "master" did Harrison become? Well, let's just say he could build a house.
- He's a perfectionist — During his interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Harrison said that his favorite word is "perfect." His least favorite word? "No."
- Harrison inspired Indy's character — Although he did consider Tom Selleck for the role of Indiana Jones, George Lucas had Harrison Ford in mind from the get-go — he just didn't want anything to cross over with Star Wars.
- He loves the classics — Harrison told the American Film Institute that he loved novel-turned-Academy Award-winning movie To Kill a Mockingbird. "I think it had all the elements of a great film," he said. "It had such a strong moral register. I think that's why I would say it's very nearly my favorite film."
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The details are still coming together, but we may not have seen the last of Harrison Ford in his Indiana Jones fedora just yet. At the Deauville Film Festival, Ford mentioned that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are working on yet another Indy sequel, saying, "The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I'll be very happy to put the costume on again."
Though Ford didn't exactly announce Shia's LaBeouf involvement, the young actor also recently mentioned that Spielberg was working on a sequel when he was promoting Transformers 2. While nothing is set in stone, it's hard to imagine that Ford would reject a script from Lucas and Spielberg after so many years of working together. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull scored big at the box office, but many of you thought the sequel was unnecessary. So now the real question is — are you on board with yet another Indy movie?
Welcome back to my Buzz Gift Guide series for all the entertainment lovers in your life. On Monday I dug up some gifts for the little ones in your life and today I'm brainstorming ideas for the teenage dudes in your world who are pop culture sponges.
If I had a teenage brother I'd insist he own a complete set of Indiana Jones DVDs including (but more importantly, not limited to) this year's fourth addition to the franchise. In regard to other franchises, I've noticed that some teenage guys (and by "some" I mean my younger cousins) are always quoting Family Guy and The Simpsons and might have fun with these characters to stick up on their walls.
For the wannabe rock star in your life there's always Guitar Hero World Tour which expands the game from a lone guitar player to a full band that includes drums (it actually looks like a lot of fun!). You may know a young lad who enjoys that Shaun White snowboarding video game, so he might like listening to the pretty cool soundtrack from it, and finally, I'm sure many teens would be stoked to own Iron Man.
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All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to my selections below you can also bring home John Cusack's War Inc.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Yesterday I was curious how folks were feeling about the fourth Indiana Jones now that there's been some time since its theatrical release. For those of you who said you still loved it (and for those of you who never got around to seeing it), good news! The DVD is out today.
There are, as you might expect, a ton of extras on the DVD, including: "The Return of a Legend: A tribute to Indy, his creators and the evolution of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a 12-part in-depth look at the creation of the movie, and a featurette on the work that goes into preparing three pivotal action sequences.
Two more well-regarded movies up next, so read more
It's been 19 years since we last saw Indiana Jones — who just so happens to be one of my favorite heroes in film — so I was stoked to see the latest installment to hit the big screen. However, I'm even more excited to take home my own copy of the film tonight to add to my collection. Not only to relive the adventure, but to see the extras that come with the DVD!
During my visit to the ILM studios, I was not only treated to some juicy behind the scenes info on the making of Iron Man, but also got the inside scoop on the making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We chatted with Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman and Art Director Christian Alzmann here in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and talked about the challenges of movie making, and how visual effects really enhance film. To see what they offered up, just read more
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be released on DVD this week and I'm curious whether, with a little distance, you're feeling warmer or colder to it, or totally the same. There was a lot of excitement when it was first released over the Summer, but now that some time has passed, do you feel differently? Are you thankful for this addition to the franchise or do you think Spielberg and gang should have left well enough alone?
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