Classic Action: One More Reason Why Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Will Be Amazing

May 6, 2008
Source: The Australian, NY Times

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Although he's one of the most well-known actors and impossible to actually talk with, Harrison Ford seems like a great interview. He's been doing a few interviews with major newspapers recently, including this great one with USA Today, but in this recent one with The Australian, he mentions a few noteworthy things regarding Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. After watching Raiders of the Lost Ark again last night and being reminded why I love the Indiana Jones series so much, hearing statements like the ones Ford makes below are the kind that are making me even more excited for Indy's return. There is so much doubt surrounding whether this movie will be as defined as the original three, but I'm pretty damn sure it will live up to their excellence in every way.

"If the person you play behaves heroically they also have to have humility and vulnerability and be deep enough in the shit of it all to have to save themselves. That's a character I prefer to play, a guy who's in over his head, who survives because of his tenacity, or his wit, or his dumb luck. That's more interesting." Indiana Jones is unquestionably one of the most iconic characters to ever grace the glorious big screen. The success of the last three movies was due in part to the gritty nature of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's creation. With Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the concern running through the mind of those who aren't faithful fans, is that CGI will replace the practical effects that were used in the original three. Fortunately, that's not the case.

Ford confirms himself that, "there's not a lot of computer-generated imagery, it's mostly done with real physicality, real sets, some things put to scale." But here's where things get interesting and this is where I know Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is going to step out above some of this summer's other big blockbusters. "We didn't shoot it like a Matrix style where if you hit somebody they end up in this big space and you didn't feel the hurt, you don't feel the fear. I feel you very quickly lose emotional connection with the character if it's like that. We are more old school."

This quote was originally pointed out by Jeff Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere who goes on to say that "the thing I've always disliked about martial-arts fight scenes is that nobody ever gets hurt" and that it is "the essence of boredom to watch guys slamming each other without end." While I won't completely agree, being a personal fan of movies like 300, this is the exact reason why I'm looking forward to Crystal Skull so much. There are so many great scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark that weren't CGI creations from the mind of some computer user, but instead were practical life-threatening moments where in the end Indiana Jones still prevailed. That kind of actual fear for their life and heroism is what makes him such an unforgettable character.

A mere 19 years since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and we're ready to re-introduce Indiana Jones to the world this summer. "We started talking about it 15 years ago and over that period of time three scripts have been produced. It took the three of us, George (Lucas), Steven (Spielberg) and I, to commit to course and none of us was fully satisfied with what was produced and then we were all doing different things." I'm confident that the time is right and that Steven Spielberg is still capable of pulling off a film that lives up to the brilliantly nostalgic nature of the three originals that defined a rugged hero who's loved by generations of moviegoers.

Even the New York Times chimes in on this idea, calling Spielberg's technique for filming action a "lost art." Spielberg explains that he cuts as little as possible from the action scenes because "every time the camera changes dynamic angles, you feel there's something wrong, that there's some cheating going on." Instead, he's going for a style like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, where "everything happening before the eyes of the audience, without a cut." Is there a more graceful filmmaker still making movies than Spielberg? From the sounds of it, this is the one movie we'll get this year that recalls such cinematic greats as Chaplin and Keaton.

As we slowly count down the days left until Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I think it's best to leave you with this quote from Spielberg. This is just one more reason why this summer will be amazing.

"The idea is, there's no illusion; what you see is what you get. My movies have never been frenetically cut, the way a lot of action is done today. That's not a put-down; some of that quick cutting, like in 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' is fantastic, just takes my breath away. But to get the comedy I want in the Indy films, you have to be old-fashioned. I've studied a lot of the old movies that made me laugh, and you've got to stage things in full shots and let the audience be the editor. It's like every shot is a circus act." See you in theaters on May 22nd!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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mummy 3 all the way!

Jojo on May 6, 2008


i think its either friday or sat at 3est theyre doing a indiana jones marathon on USA network, dunno if the guide had it wrong but theyve got last crusade first, then temple of doom and lost ark

harrison on May 6, 2008


no still think its 10 years 2 late

john on May 6, 2008


I'm wondering what they are going to do with the...ah...hmm. I better wait until the movie comes out. I look forward to it for sure. And the Mummy 3. 🙂 Sorry..but even though the trailer was not exciting for some folks, I still gotta watch Brendan Fraser.

Bry from Chi on May 6, 2008


Steven is a incredible director and love all he has done and cannot wait for Indiana!!!

Curtis on May 6, 2008


"Indiana Jones" is gonna be big in every way! Ford, Spielberg, and Lucas can't go wrong! This flick will fit right into the series! Can't wait!!! 🙂

Spider on May 6, 2008


I'm pretending I didn't see the mummy even mentioned in the same page as Indiana Jones. anyway I cant wait I'm skeptical too but I think it will be pretty awesome.

Richard on May 6, 2008


"With Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the concern running through the mind of those who aren't faithful fans, is that CGI will replace the practical effects that were used in the original three." What a crock! This is still a real concern for "faithful fans". We only have a few things to go by, one being Spielberg's (and now Ford's) word, saying 30% of the movie uses CGI, the other being the trailers, which clearly use a fair amount of GCI. I'm a huge Indy fan, and I'm very excited for this movie, but I can't help but worry about it. We can't forget how much on an influence Lucas has on this film, how much of a CGI fan he has become, and how bad the recent 3 Star Wars flicks were as a result. Saying people who are still worried about this "aren't faithful fans" is far too high and mighty of you. In the end we can only hope.

Brad on May 6, 2008


No hero scene is more heart inspiring than seeing the old rustic hat blowing in the wind, landing before you on screen, a silhouette, a step, Indy grabbing his hat determined as ever. I cannot wait. Indiana Jones is back.

john on May 6, 2008


The Paramount people are trying their best to allay fears about the CGI. Lucas has had it in his head since Willow that CGI can replace story. These interviews are nothing but spin.

En Tea on May 6, 2008


Brad and En Tea epitomise the fans who believe cynicism is a healthy lifestyle. It has been confirmed for ages the film only has two hundred digital matte painting shots. Ford swinging on a lamp? Being chased by giant wheels? All real, and all awesome.

Chris on May 7, 2008


I can't begin to express how much that brand of nitpicky, overwrought cynicism annoys me. To those who are concerned: shut up, sit down, enjoy yourselves.

Minic on May 7, 2008


I have a friends in the industry that have heard that this movie rocks! I love that they filmed it old school. Spielberg is the man! if Lucas would have directed it, it would have been a disaster and by the way, George? Enough of your bitter remarks on your fans. You let everyone down with the last three Star Wars films because your ego got in the way and now you're mad at the fans?

VOICE OVER GUY on May 7, 2008


I think the only thing that is different this time around is that the stunts are safer and easier to do because of new advances in stunt technology. I am sick of movies being half CGI, no sense of scale or place or character. What happened to good old make-up special effects and puppet work? G. Lucas proved how empty a movie can be when CGI is overused and half the characters are fake and added in later while the human actors look at points in space. I think Spielberg is such a pro now, that he would never risk his beloved franchise by chintzing out and using too much GCI. Harrison Ford as always been a very physical actor and is still in great shape for his age. I remember the first 2 films when Harrison talked about how he would do as many of his own stunts at they would let him. I don't think that has changed. I CANNOT wait for this movie! I, too, am TiVO'ing all three earlier films on Saturday. And, yes, they are showing them in backwards order...I have no idea why. I think it's TBS, though, and not USA? Can't remember.

Movie Lover on May 7, 2008


#10 - I don't know how you can claim Paramount is doing anything when these interviews were conducted on their own and the quotes came straight from the mouths of both Ford and Spielberg. I'm sorry but the myth that the studio controls what is said by them is false - especially two people as powerful as both of them! #11 and #12 - Amen to that! You guys got it thank goodness! 🙂 #14 - Come on, you don't on them on DVD? What's wrong! Go down to Best Buy and pick all 3 of them up right now! Hahaha...

Alex Billington on May 7, 2008


I'm cheap! LOL!

Movie Lover on May 7, 2008


Haha, what? I'm cynical because I care about something I happen to love? I have plenty of faith in Spielberg, but he's not the one i'm concerned about! 😉 But perhaps you misunderstood me. I love Indy, I own the trilogy boxset and I'm 95% sure this film will rock. But that other 5% is a little bit of worry and you say there's something wrong with that? It's not nitpicking, it's concern, and it's easily justified. You don't have to be a mastermind to realise what kind of man Lucas is and what kind of an impact he could POTENTIALLY have on the film, that's all I'm saying. I just don't think it's fair to say people who actually have a bit of concern "aren't faithful fans" at all.

Brad on May 7, 2008


Harrison Ford is a ripoff, he wants $20 million from this movie plus lifetime royalities everything the movie airs on tv and etc. I mean really the US economy is in a major recession and greedy Harrison Ford wants his $20 million per film but the people behind the set are getting $10.00 to $20.00 an hour behind the set. Talk about greed, no wonder why ticket prices has been going up and up because of expensive greedy actors, same with Steve Spielberg, he wants is multimillion dollar salary too. It is ashame we have to pay these people so much money for nothing. There so many actors out they that don't have a job who work act for free on a film like this. America's going broke, that's Hollywood.

Scott on May 8, 2008


Really... http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-indianajones21apr21,1,4784324.story Spielberg, Lucas and Ford won't earn a profit until the film makes $400 million, so Paramount can earn back their investment. They turned down upfront salaries. Yet more ignorant cynicism.

Chris on May 8, 2008


Chris, I don't want to be a cynic. I got goosebumps when I saw the trailer, but Lucas is involved in this movie and I just don't trust his "vision" anymore. Paramount is clearly aware of the backlash against Lucas after the prequels. They are doing all they can, and rightly so, to ensure a huge opening weekend. Also, I know Spielberg can still produce exciting, entertaining and well-made films, but Lucas cannot. These men are a long way away from that Hawaiian beach in 1977.

En Tea on May 9, 2008


man........i've been waiting since the last appearance.....the last crusade..............can't wait no more.........to be honest..................i think is lil bit to late for harrison ford play this role......i might be good if this film produced in 1999 or 2000...........but ...........it still great for us to watch it.........nice though.

biebelzs on May 21, 2008


Amazing? More like amazingly horrible... lol

James on May 22, 2008


Amazing! ... NOT It was horrendous.

EGGHUB on May 24, 2008

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