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  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

TRIVIA


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Begins with a shot of a mountain on a gong which is reminiscent of the Paramount Pictures logo. See also Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  The club at the beginning is called "Club Obi Wan", a reference to Star Wars. See also Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Producer Frank Marshall has again a cameo role. He plays a coolie pulling a rickshaw in the background in the airport scene at the beginning.

Even Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Anthony Powell and Sid Ganis appeared as missionaries waiting for the airplane in that same scene.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Actor Dan Aykroyd has a cameo role in the film. Indiana Jones meets his character at the airport at the end of the Shanghai car chase. You won't be able to get a good look at his face but you'll certainly recognize his voice.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  The python that Willie Scott mistakes for an elephant's trunk was brought to Sri Lanka for shooting by animal handler Mike Culling, but since the snake and its companion weren't very welcome in the country, he had to book them their hotel rooms under fake names.
"The Sri Lankans aren't very partial to snakes, funnily enough," explains Production Manager Patricia Carr. "So we booked the pythons into their own hotel room under the names Mr. and Mrs. Longfellow."

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  In addition to Indiana Jones being named after the fictional family dog, he's also named after George Lucas' beloved pet husky-malamute. Short Round was named after screenwriter Willard Huyck's dog. Ironically, Short Round's name was originally taken from an orphan character's name, played by William Chun in film 1951 The Steel Helmet. And Willie was named after Spielberg's dog.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  The village shaman refers to the Sankara stone as "Shiva linga". In traditional Hinduism, the linga is a tall, cylindrical stone representative of a phallus, often set inside a circle representing the yoni, or female organ. Together, the two symbols stand for the dualistic sexual energy of the god Shiva.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  An early draft of the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark had Indy traveling to Shanghai to recover a piece of the Staff of Ra. During his escape from the museum where it was housed, he sheltered from machine gun fire behind a giant rolling gong. The same script also featured Indy and Marion fleeing destruction in a mine-cart chase. Both of these scenes were cut from that script, but resurface in this movie.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Shots of mining-car roller-coaster ride were done with models and a 35mm camera modified to hold extra film. To find out more read 'The Making Of...' Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Rehash of the "shooting the swordsman" joke from Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Just before the bridge scenes.)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Rehash of the scene from Star Wars (1977) when Han Solo runs at the Storm Troopers, screaming. Indiana does the same after he defeats the swordsmen... he runs towards the advancing army screaming, but is then chased back.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
The suspension bridge only shown from one side, to avoid showing the Grand Coulee Dam.

Because the rope bridge used during the final fight scene was not an optical effect, Steven Spielberg would never cross over it, and had to drive a mile and a half to reach the other side.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  This film inspired the PG-13 MPAA rating.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Trivia
  Sharon Stone was one of the top choices for the role of Willie Scott before Kate Capshaw auditioned.

While filming the whipping scene, the crew played a practical joke on Harrison Ford. Chained to a large stone, Barbra Streisand appeared, dressed in a leather dominatrix outfit. She proceeded to whip him, saying "That's for Hanover Street, the worst movie I ever saw." She continued whipping him for Star Wars, and making all of that money. Carrie Fisher then threw herself in front of Ford to protect him, and Irvin Kershner chided director Steven Spielberg. "Is this how you run your movies?" This entire sequence was filmed.

Don't picture the comic book crossover possibilities of the Incredible Hulk meets Indiana Jones just yet. In the credits for Temple of Doom, you might spot "Physical Conditioning for Mr. Ford by Body by Jake, Inc." Jake is actually Jake Steinfeld, Harrison Ford's personal trainer before and during the movie. Before he was a trainer, Steinfeld used to work as a stunt double for actor Lou Ferrigno in the TV series The Incredible Hulk.
"Every once in a while in Sri Lanka, you'd hear this voice bellowing, 'Okay! Drop and give me fifty,'" recalled Executive Producer Frank Marshall. "Amazingly enough there was an old YMCA in Kandy, so he and Harrison would go down there to work out two or three times a week. It was the most primitive weight room I've ever seen, with very old weights and ancient benches. Incredible."

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