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Could you picture anyone else but Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones…

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Spielberg suggested casting Ford as Jones, but Lucas objected, stating that he did not want Ford to become his “Bobby De Niro” or “that guy I put in all my movies”—a reference to Martin Scorsese, who often worked with Robert De Niro. Desiring a lesser known actor, Lucas persuaded Spielberg to help him search for a new talent. Among the actors who auditioned were Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote, John Shea, and Tom Selleck. Selleck was originally offered the role, but became unavailable for the part because of his commitment to the television series Magnum, P.I.. In June 1980, three weeks away from filming, Spielberg persuaded Lucas to cast Ford after producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were impressed by his performance as Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.

 

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