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Spielberg Embarrassed of "Indiana Jones 4," Wanted Harrison Ford for "Jurassic Park"

For the 30th anniversary of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the film was screened in LA where Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford made an appearance and answered some questions.

According to Spielberg, he originally wanted Tom Selleck to play Indiana Jones and it was "Empire Strikes Back" that made Harrison the frontrunner. Ford replied that Spielberg now only hires him for Indy films. To which the director replied: "You know who I offered 'Jurassic Park' to? This guy (pointing at Ford). Alan Grant, 'Jurassic Park,' right here."

Spielberg went on to explain that he was struggling and ended up taking on "Raiders" for the paycheck. "Before 'Raiders' I needed a job, because I’d just made '1941' and no one would hire me, except George Lucas, my friend. [laughs] So, yeah, I needed the eggs, you know?

And when the topic switched to "Indiana Jones the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Spielberg admitted that he was embarrassed of it. When one person cheered in the audience, the director joked: "I think that's the one we didn't alienate with the fourth."

Both Ford and Spielberg said that they are interested in doing a fifth "Indiana Jones" film. "We talk about it, yes. We're hopeful, someday. We’re hopeful," said Spielberg. Ford added: "Maybe a fifth, but I ain’t going to Mars."


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