As 80-year-old Harrison Ford dons the beat-up fedora and ever-trusty whip for a fifth and final outing in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny", here are six facts about one of the world's best-loved movie heroes
Indiana Jones turned archaeology into a swashbuckling adventure of snake pits and lost treasures.
As 80-year-old Harrison Ford dons the beat-up fedora and ever-trusty whip for a fifth and final outing in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, here are six facts about one of the world's best-loved movie heroes:
Born in Hawaii
Fittingly for the globetrotting Indy, whose escapades have taken him from the Himalayas to Shanghai nightclubs, the project was born in Hawaii.
While the Indiana Jones project was brewing, Spielberg was on the back foot after his film, "1941", flopped.
He was also gaining a reputation as a big-spending director who ran overtime and could be tyrannical on set, even leaving two days early from the filming of "Jaws", fearing his team would try to drown him, such was his unpopularity.
Lucas's project marked a career turning point for Spielberg—proving he could work fast, on time, in budget, and with big success.
Ford not first choice
Spielberg wanted Ford, but Lucas was reluctant to re-use his lead actor from "Star Wars", from which he wanted a break.
Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Bill Murray were considered before the spotlight settled on Tom Selleck, but the moustachioed charmer had already signed up for TV detective show "Magnum, PI".
Later, thousands of actresses tried out for the role of Willie in the second film, including Sharon Stone, but it finally went to Kate Capshaw.
Capshaw did not go on to a glittering Hollywood career, but she did become Mrs Spielberg in 1991.
Eye of the cobra
Indy's extreme fear of snakes, or ophidiophobia, has been a frequent plot point.
For the classic scene in which Indy falls into a pit full of the slithering reptiles, Spielberg did not hold back on the props: 6,500 live cobras, plus a few bits of watering hoses.