Harrison Ford remembers his Indiana Jones father, Sean Connery, in Touching Tribute
Harrison Ford and George Lucas took some time to pay tribute to the late great Sean Connery. The legendary actor and the first James Bond died over the weekend at the age of 90. Connery’s 45-year-old wife, Micheline Roquebrune, announced that the actor was suffering from dementia and noted that he was “unable to express himself”. in the months before his death. “It wasn’t a life for him,” said Roquebrune. “At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful.”
Harrison Ford and Sean Connery shared the big screen in Indiana Jones from 1989 and the Last Crusade. Connery played Henry Jones, Sr., Indiana Jones’ father in the film. The pairing was the only thing Steven Spielberg could think of when he got the sequel, and in the end he prevailed. Ford had this to say about working with Connery.
“He was my father … not in life … but in Indy 3. You don’t have any pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle up a bumpy, winding mountain hop track and see how it winds. God we had fun – when he’s in heaven I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace, dear friend. ”
George Lucas co-wrote Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade and was thrilled to have Sean Connery on board. Connery was already a film legend by the late ’80s, so it was a big deal for Lucas and Spielberg to include him in the film as the father of Indiana Jones. In real life, Connery was actually only 12 years older than Ford. Read what Lucas had to say about working with Connery below.
“Sir Sean Connery’s talent and drive made an indelible mark on film history. His audiences included generations, each with favorite roles he played. He will always have a special place in my heart as Indy’s father. With a touch of intelligence Authority and shrewd sense of comedic calamity that only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief from a stern paternal scolding or joyful embrace. I am grateful that I was lucky enough to have known him and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family. ”
There aren’t many actors who could have managed to play the father of a character like Indiana Jones, but Sean Connery made it seem like he and Harrison Ford are actually related in real life. Back in 2006, George Lucas spoke about wanting to include the actor in what became Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. “I would love him to be at the next Indiana Jones … maybe I can push him,” said Lucas.
Sean Connery had no role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Connery announced his retirement from acting in 2006, noticing a disenchantment with the “idiots who are now making movies in Hollywood”. In 2007, the actor denied rumors that he would appear in the fourth episode of Indiana Jones, stating, “Retirement is just too much fucking fun.” Harrison Ford and George Lucas tributes to Sean Connery were first announced by The Hollywood Reporter.
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