Years back, when the first word of a fourth Indiana Jones movie began to circulate, many wondered if Sir Sean Connery would reprise his role as Indy’s father, Henry, from Last Crusade. Sadly, Connery turned the role down and never made a return to the beloved franchise. The reason given? He was simply enjoying being retired too much.
In a years-old interview brought to life by The Hollywood Reporter, Connery reveals it wasn’t just his love of retirement that led to him turning down the role.
“I spoke with Spielberg, but it didn’t work out. It was not that generous a part, worth getting back into the harness and go for. And they had taken the story in a different line anyway, so the father of Indy was kind of really not that important. I had suggested they kill him in the movie, it would have taken care of it better.”
It sounds as if the role offered to Connery was little more than a cameo and to him wasn’t worth the effort. It also sounds like Connery would have more heavily considered returning had the role been larger.
Unfortunately, we see in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that Henry Jones Sr. has passed on, so for him to return in the upcoming fifth movie is highly unlikely. How would Connery returning have effected Crystal Skull? We will never know, but at least now we have a better idea of why he didn’t return.
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