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Indy Walks Back Through Our Door

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 20:57:39 -0400
Archived: Wed, 07 May 2008 20:57:39 -0400
Subject: Indy Walks Back Through Our Door

Source: Pantograph.Com -  Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, USA


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Indy Walks Back Through Our Door As 'Crystal Skull' Nears
By David Germain
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES--Marion Ravenwood might have been speaking for us
all when she set eyes on Indiana Jones for the first time in

Her caustic greeting to the archaeologist-adventurer in 1981=92s
"Raiders of the Lost Ark": "Indiana Jones. I always knew someday
you=92d come walking back through my door."

It=92s been 19 years since Indy literally rode off into the sunset
in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," but like Marion, could
anyone doubt that the world=92s most famous tomb raider would come
back into our lives one day?

For 27 years, Indy has stood as one of cinema=92s ultimate Everyman
heroes, a poster boy for the idea that there are some good men
you can never, ever keep down.

"He=92s a real guy. He=92s just like us," said George Lucas, who
dreamed up the character and re-teams with director Steven
Spielberg and Harrison Ford as Indy for "Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," due out May 22.

"He makes lots of mistakes," Lucas said. "He kind of goofs up. He
has the same kind of thinking that we have. He=92s beat up all the
time. It=92s like he=92s not a superhero. He=92s just an average Joe
that=92s always in over his head that somehow seems to get through

The new movie co-stars Cate Blanchett as Irina Spalko, a Russian
operative with crisp black bangs who=92s after the Crystal Skull of
Akator, an ancient artifact that could help the Soviet Union
dominate the world.

Ray Winstone plays a new Indy ally, and the film also co-stars
John Hurt and Jim Broadbent.

"Raiders" fans are thrilled over the return of Karen Allen as
Marion, while Shia LaBeouf plays Indy=92s new sidekick, Mutt

An early press kit for Crystal Skull describes Mutt as a
"rebellious 20-year-old with a chip on his shoulder and some
personal business to discuss with Dr. Jones." Fans have
speculated that Mutt is the love child of Indy and Marion, though
the filmmakers won=92t say.

Resurrecting Indy took more than a decade of debate, disagreement
and compromise among the film=92s three principals, Spielberg and
Ford disliking a way-out-there initial idea Lucas had.

"It was the three of us, Steven, George and I, coming to
agreement on the central notion of it all," Ford said. "I think
the original idea is still a large piece of it in the movie, but
it=92s been developed and worked on in ways that made it a lot more
palatable to Steven and I."

Though the filmmakers have been tightlipped on the plot, the era
=97 1957 instead of the 1930s =97 and the trailer=92s image of a crate
marked "Roswell, New Mexico, 1947," imply aliens are involved.
Roswell is where UFO buffs claim an alien spaceship crashed in

Just as the first three Indy flicks were inspired by the
supernatural B-movies of the 1930s, Lucas conceded he took his
cue for the new film from the equivalent of the 1950s, when B-
movies centered on extraterrestrial menace.

Just how far Crystal Skull might venture into "E.T." territory
remains to be seen, though it clearly was not as far as Lucas

"The MacGuffin of it slowed down a little bit from what my
original enthusiastic version was. Again, that=92s the way it works
with Steven and Harrison and I," Lucas said. "We=92re not going to
do anything anyone=92s uncomfortable with. We want to do something
everybody likes, we in the group, the three of us.

"They wanted to go off on some other tangent. I said, =91I=92m not
going to do that. I=92m going to stick with this no matter what, so
we either do this or we don=92t. That=92s it.=92 Finally, we got
something that we could all compromise on and all be happy with.
It wasn=92t quite as wacky as I wanted it to be, but it still is
subtle and nice and works really well and has the same idea
behind it."

Likewise, Crystal Skull has the same idea behind the action,
presented in the Indy-making-it-up-as-he-goes-along style of the
earlier films rather than the glossy computer-generated imagery
that makes most of today=92s action spectacles look as slick as a
video game.

"We did it sort of old-school-style," Ford said. "Certainly,
there is a fair amount of CGI that will be used, enhancing a lot
of what we did, but generally not in the action area. It will
enhance some of the physical sets. In the action area, it was
pretty much done for real."

The filmmakers are keeping the movie under tight wraps until its
premiere at the Cannes Film Festival just four days before it
opens in theaters.

But members of Indy=92s inner circle have seen it, among them Sean
Patrick Flanery, who played the character in the 1990s TV
adventures of "Young Indiana Jones."

"It=92s the same vibe, the same feel. They didn=92t miss a beat,"
Flanery said of "Crystal Skull." "People are going to love it.
It=92s what everybody=92s been waiting for."

Fan buzz online has been intense. On IMDB.com, the Internet Movie
Database, a post from a user called zac2347 chides fans for
claiming Crystal Skull is the summer=92s most-anticipated movie,
insisting it "looks like a rehash of the same stuff" and that the
three trailers for "The Dark Knight" have elevated that Batman
sequel above Indy.

Responds another poster, indyjones32: "Three trailers vs. 20
years of wait, disappointment and build-up. My money is on the 20

Raiders, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Last Crusade
presented a rich warehouse of detail to define the character,
from his fedora hat and whip to his snake phobia and bookish
classroom demeanor.

His quips were wonderfully quotable: "Trust me" ... "It=92s not the
years, honey, it=92s the mileage" ... "Nazis. I hate these guys" =97
and, informing passengers after tossing a Nazi out of a zeppelin,
"No ticket."

"Raiders" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best
picture, director and score, whose fanfare is one of the world=92s
best-known pieces of music.

Indy placed second on the American Film Institute=92s list of movie
heroes, ahead of James Bond, Superman and Ford=92s "Star Wars"
character, Han Solo. The only man to beat him was Atticus Finch
of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

While all three films had wild action and memorable exchanges,
"Raiders" has stood as the critical favorite.

"Like all megahits, you look back and see that every element was
perfect," said director Rob Cohen, who resurrects another
archaeological-adventure franchise this summer with "The Mummy:
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

"Harrison is an A actor in a B-movie setup, and Spielberg is an
A-plus-plus-plus director taking on the Saturday morning serial.
So you get a humanity and sophistication that you wouldn=92t get if
you did the cardboard version," said Cohen, who added that he
introduced Spielberg to Allen, the future Marion Ravenwood, on a
double date in 1980.

Lucas went through years of grousing and second-guessing by fans
who picked apart his "Star Wars" prequels. He expects the same on
"Crystal Skull," saying it=92s impossible to satisfy hardcore fans.

"Whenever you do a film like this, people expect the Second
Coming, and that=92s not what it is. So fans all get grumpy, the
critics are already grumpy," Lucas said. "If you=92re going to say,
=91I=92m going to get my Academy Award this year and finally I=92m
going to be loved by all the critics, and the fans are just going
to go crazy=92 =97 not going to happen."

"So you only do it because it=92s a fun experience to do, and we
love the movies," Lucas said. "We=92re doing it primarily because
we want to see it. I want to see it, Steven wants to see it,
Harrison wants to see it."

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