** Creator/MichaelSheard auditioned for Major Arnold Toht in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', but lost out to Ronald Lacey. He would up playing the U-Boat Captain.
** Creator/JulianGlover auditioned for Col. Vogel in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' before being cast as the main villain Walter Donovan.
** Had Creator/SeanConnery declined to appear in ''The Last Crusade'', Creator/GregoryPeck was Spielberg's second choice to star as Henry Sr.
** Creator/TomSelleck was Spielberg's original pick as Indy, but Selleck was unable to get out of his contract to ''Series/MagnumPI.'', thus paving the way for Creator/HarrisonFord. Take a look at ''High Road To China'' (1983) to get an idea of what Selleck might have been like. We dodged a bullet there. Not to mention Ford's acting career might have ended with ''Franchise/StarWars'' just like most of his costars if Creator/GeorgeLucas hadn't gotten him a second iconic role.
*** The DVD features include a screen test of Selleck, where he certainly doesn't display the charming badassery Ford brought to the role.
** There were loads of unfilmed scripts written for ''Young Indy'' episodes before the series was canceled. One involved Indy meeting a young Rene Belloq and unearthing a crystal skull in South America, an idea Lucas reused (obviously) for the MacGuffin of ''Crystal Skull''.
** If Wiki/TheOtherWiki is to be believed about the production history of the fourth movie, we could've gotten it some fifteen years earlier with a very different plot if Lucas had not insisted on it involving extraterrestrials.
** Also, at one point during the development of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', Indiana Jones was originally envisioned to have a relationship with Marion when she was a small girl, and the idea was pitched by Lucas. It's probably for the best that they didn't go through with it, as it being kept would have led to implications that Jones was a pedophile.
** The opening of the Ark and Nazi face-melting scene was originally much longer, which many felt was lacking in power. Everyone credits Lucas for personally re-editing the scene to be much snappier and memorable, so much that audiences knew they had to go back to see it again.
** Creator/JohnHurt's character in ''Skull'' was originally meant to be (an aged, slightly off kilter) Henry Jones Sr., but Hurt himself didn't like the idea of "stealing" Creator/SeanConnery's character, and he was re-written as Oxley. Of note is that virtually ''nothing'' was changed, they just name swapped him.
** Tom Selleck was Spielberg's original pick as Indy, but Selleck was unable to get out of his contract to ''Series/MagnumPI.'', thus paving the way for Harrison Ford. Take a look at ''High Road To China'' (1983) to get an idea of what Selleck might have been like. We dodged a bullet there. Not to mention Ford's acting career might have ended with ''StarWars'' just like most of his costars if George Lucas hadn't gotten him a second iconic role.
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