Harrison Ford is a famous actor best known for his roles in a series of films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Blade Runner. The 80-year-old actor will also soon make his debut as Thunderbolt Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What? did you know that the actor almost had another major franchise under his belt?
Director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have made four films together so far. These are all movies from Indiana Jonesseries, but Ford landed a role in another Spielberg favorite, Jurassic Park.
In 2011, Ford and Spielberg were part of a 30th anniversary Q&A. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first film they made together. During the Q&A, Ford joked that Spielberg just asked him to come in Indiana Jonesmovies to play.
Spielberg revealed that this was not true and reminded Ford of the following: “I’ve got to fix this. You know who I gave Jurassic Park to? This guy. Alan Grant, I gave it to this guy first.”
Alan Grant is the current picture role in the Jurassic parkseries made by Sam Neill. Neill recently played a role in Jurassic World: Reign. Original stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum also return as Ellie Satler and Ian Malcolm.
Harrison Ford instead of Sam Neill in the role of Alan Grant is difficult to imagine. This of course says a lot about Neill’s performance. Alan Grant and Sam Neill are inseparable, just as Harrison Ford himself is inseparable from Indiana Jones.
Ford explained why he was not interested in the role: “I didn’t like the role and the story in general. You know, it’s not just for me, running around screaming in a dinosaur theme park. And now that I’ve experienced the film, I can only say that I made the right decision.”
Harrison Ford may make his last appearance as Indiana Jones this summer Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinythe fifth and final film in the series.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny can be seen in Dutch cinemas from 28 June. Instead of Steven Spielberg, James Mangold (Logan, Ford vs. Ferrari) took control.