Here's an interesting and potentially depressing little factoid: as of last weekend, Raiders of the Lost Ark is officially thirty years old. Yes, the iconic movie you remember enjoying so much as a kid came out thirty years ago, which means … well, clearly it means Harrison Ford is getting old. Not us. Ahem.
I just saw Ford on Letterman the other night and I have to say, Indy is holding up rather well. For being nearly 69 years old, Harrison Ford still commands a lot of box office appeal.
However, I wish he'd reconsider taking on a fifth Indiana Jones. Even though it's clear why he'd be interested in the role (on Letterman in response to this question, Ford simply rubbed his forefinger and thumb together. In other words, ka-chinggggg), it's time to let this franchise go. Instead of trying to make the most of a decades-old character's appeal or awkwardly trying to pass the fedora to Shia LaBeouf, wouldn't it be better to remember Indy as he used to be?
Clearly, the answer is NO. Especially when you consider that the fourth Indiana Jones movie (something something Crystal Skull) made $786 million worldwide. LaBeouf recently told MTV News that Ford is keeping fit in preparation for the potential fifth Jones installment:
I talked to [Harrison Ford]. He said he's staying in the gym, he said he's heard no word, but he does know that [George Lucas] is out there looking for a MacGuffin. He said he's staying in the gym, so it means [the movie is] not so far off.
See, that's the thing. Indiana Jones as a character isn't entirely about physicality, but a huge part of him is. He needs to run from giant rolling boulders and leap onto moving vehicles and crack whips, all while issuing dry one-liners about snakes. I'm not saying a 69-year-old man can't do these things, but it inevitably means the inclusion of a thousand lame jokes about getting too old for this, while the comparatively fresh-faced (and douchey) LaBeouf fulfills the requirement for an unwrinkled action star.
Plus, why mess with a classic? Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was decidedly meh, and I have little faith the next one will be any better. Let the Jones movies stay awesome and move on to new territory, Lucas.
As for Harrison Ford, he disagrees with me completely.
(A fifth sequel) is on George's plate. And I'm hoping he's working hard at it, because I'd look forward to doing it again if the three of us could get together -- George, [director] Steven Spielberg, myself -- I'd love to do another.
What are your thoughts on a fifth Indiana Jones movie? Are you hoping to see this happen, or not?
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