Things You Didn’t Know About Indiana Jones

3 min readMay 20

He may be the best action hero of all time.

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When I saw “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” I thought it was the best movie I had ever seen. It’s still at least a top five. Jones is my favorite action hero. While “Crystal Skull” wasn’t a fan of critics and I have to admit it wasn’t a cinema masterpiece, it was entertaining to see Jones and Miriam back in action. Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams didn’t do much for me, but that’s me.

The latest Indiana Jones movie, ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” hits theaters June 30. So, let’s take a look at one of the greatest action heroes of all time. Here are some things you might not have known about Indiana Jones.

1: Originally Indiana Jones was named Indiana Smith.

Other names considered were Indiana Johnson, Indiana Williams, Indiana Brown, and Nebraska Jones. Wait, being told none of those were considered.

2: In “Temple of Doom” all three of the main characters, Short Round, Willie and Indiana are all named after dogs.

And the music for the movie was performed by ‘Three Dog Night.” What’s that? Being told that’s not right either.

3: Originally the plane crash scene in “Temple of Doom” was supposed to be a motorcycle chase across The Great Wall of China. However, the Chinese government wouldn’t go along with the idea.

Having seen the motorcycle chase in “Crystal Skull” that might not have been a huge loss.

4: In “Temple of Doom,” Kate Capshaw’s fancy dress was eaten by an elephant.

The elephant must have thought he was a clothes horse.

5: “Temple of Doom” resulted in the PG-13 rating.

Apparently, it’s really tough to get a PG rating in a movie in which one character pulls the beating heart out of another character’s chest. I believe the Road House ran into the same problem when Patrick Swayze did that…


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