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Harrison Ford says don’t expect Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny to be full of old man jokes. The fact Ford is 80 and once again donning the whip and fedora for a fifth and likely final Indy movie has generated a lot of discussion about age in general. If we look back at Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a lot of jokes centred around the character’s advancing years. However this time around in Dial of Destiny Ford says they took out all the old jokes and he explains why in a recent interview with THR.
“Yeah. In Dial of Destiny there were a lot of old jokes in the script. We took them all out. There is a moment where he observes himself in this situation and says, “What the f*** am I doing in here?” But I hate what I call “talking about the story.” I want to see circumstances in which the audience gets a chance to experience the story, not to be led through the nose with highlights pointed out to them. I’d rather create behaviour that is the joke of age rather than talk about it.”
The way I read Ford’s comments, he’s saying show, don’t tell, which I think most fans appreciate in a movie. As Ford further explains, we may see a different version of Indy in the movie. One that’s appropriate to where Indy is in his life at that time.
“What I love is that we’re meeting him at a different point in his life to where we’ve seen him in these other films. It’s a logical place for him to be at this stage, considering his behaviour and what he spent his time doing. It’s a very interesting script Jim came up with.”
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As for what to expect, well we could get into trailer analysis, and compare to rumors and set photos etc. However, personally, I don’t want to know anything else about Dial of Destiny until I see it for myself.
The trailers so far give us a few clues and we know that the Nazi’s, or what’s left of them in the late 60’s are back as the antagonists. We do also expect a new trailer to be shown for Dial of Destiny during Superbowl this weekend. What we will see in that trailer, whether it will give us more plot clues, we just don’t know? However I’ll be watching it as soon as it goes online. I mean the last Indy film wasn’t great, but the other three were excellent. Therefore, lets hope that fourth movie was an anomaly and not a new trend. At least, that’s what my heart says even if my brain shows reservations. I guess we will find out in just a few Month’s time?
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