‘Last Crusade’ Really the Last for Connery

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Variety reports that Sean Connery has chosen to remain in retirement rather than reprise his roll as Dr. Henry Jones in the next Indiana Jones movie.  Mr. Connery, to borrow a line from a character in Last Crusade: You have chosen…wisely.

Frankly, Harrison Ford is now old enough to play his own father. I love Indiana Jones as much as the next guy, but I wasn’t laying awake at night hoping and praying they’d make another one.  What, has George Lucas finally run out of hundred dollar bills to light his cigars with?

I believe the next installment of the beloved franchise is still being referred to as Indy 4, but I vote for Indiana Jones and the Quest for Filthy Lucre.  Hey, maybe George Lazenby is available to take Connery’s place.

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10 thoughts on “‘Last Crusade’ Really the Last for Connery

  1. Sadly, even though most everyone out there will admit, albeit with disappointment, that this franchise ended way, way back with the Last Crusade, most of them are secretly planning to see the movie.

    Indiana Jones was fun but never cynical. You can easily trip over the cynicism being pumped into the multiplex this summer, what with every other bloated movie having a “three” attached to it’s title.

    I think people want Indy to return because they want to have their popcorn and eat it too. Sadly though, Indy is a little long in the tooth and neither Lucas nor Harrison Ford can claim to be beyond cynical filmmaking these days. Heck, I’m not even sure Steven Speilberg remembers what fun, popcorn filmmaking is anymore.

    Ugh.

  2. Cynicism aside, there is a part of me that would love to recapture the fun and excitement of the first movie. That same part of me will probably win out in the end and force me to buy a ticket to see the thing.

    It could even deliver. Spielberg isn’t the same guy he was 20 years ago, but it would be refreshing to see him return to filmmaking with a lighter touch and without the need to be taken so bloody seriously…if he’s still capable.

  3. Everyone is saying Ford is too old, but I’m hoping they have the common sense to make his age one of the central themes of the movie. If they do, it has a shot. And I don’t mean a couple of randomly inserted “I’m getting too old for this shits” either.

    I think a great adventure film could be made about a guy realizing that he’s inexplicably following his father in ways he hadn’t intended, and that its time to wise up. This could be very rich subtext to work with.

    But David Koepp and “rich subtext” do not usually hold hands, and Lucas sees rich subtext in things that the average person mistakes for purile junk.

    It depends on Spielberg, who’s coming off one of his greats, the masterful Munich. Will certainly be interesting.

  4. You’re right Chuck and I suppose Spielberg has earned enough good will over the years that I should give him the benefit of a doubt.

    If this was just more studio product being churned out by some hack, I don’t think they’d go within 10 miles of the age issue, but it’s not so there’s reason to be hopeful at least.

  5. Wow I never even thought about that. Is Hackman really retired? At least with him I can go back to 2001 and just pretend Royal Tenenbaums was his last movie…which he was fantastic in. Connery isn’t so easy.

  6. Hackman has said he’s done. And I think it’s a shame, because ending with Welcome to Mooseport is worse than Orson Welles ending with Transformers: The Movie.

    (Seriously. Look it up.)

  7. I think Alexander Payne should round up all of the 1960s and 1970s lions he can get (Hoffman, Pacino, Voight, Hackman, Scheider, etc.) and make some sort of Tough Guys, fuck the roles we’ve been whoring out for at least two decades and get back to business kind of movie.

    Payne’s the guy to do it.

  8. Payne would have an excellent handle on the “Older guys trying to recapture their sense of dignity” thing. I would pay cash money to see that movie. Good idea. Throw in James Caan while you’re at it.

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