Thursday, July 1, 2010

"It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

from the adventure movie, 'Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981), starring Harrison Ford.


The memorable quote - from the reel world - certainly reflected Harrison Ford's personal perspective - in the real world - about aging, as he continued to play the famed archaeologist-adventurer Prof Henry Jones in the fourth instalment, 'Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008).

[I read that the actor - he was already 66 when he reprised the role - had spent three hours a day at the gym, & subsisted on a high-protein diet of fish & vegetables, thus building his physical stamina into a condition where he could perform his own stunts. Even director Steven Spielberg later stated he was so impressed with our hero that he could not tell the difference between the shoots for the third & fourth instalments, despite the time gap of almost twenty years.

(The third instalment was 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade' in 1989.)

In fact, he once quipped in an interview that he felt compelled to do his own stunts for the Indiana Jones movies because they were very "action oriented", & that he felt if he weren't in the middle of it, then there really wasn't much else for him to do.]

This time, our hero got entangled with Soviet agents [it was supposed to be Josef Stalin's era] led by Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko (played by Cate Blanchett), but surprisingly found his son, Mutt (played by Shia LaBeouf) & his long-lost girl-friend Marion (played by Karen Allen), while searching for the mysterious quartz skull as well as his missing old colleague, Oxley (played by John Hurt), in the deep jungles of Peru, near the Nazca lines.

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