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Claim: A case of the trots led to one of Raiders of the Lost Ark's most memorable scenes.
Origins: In the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, one particular scene consistently brings the house down
That bit flowed not from the pen of a screenwriter but from the desperation of Harrison Ford. His desire to spend less time on this scene and more in a washroom led to an actor-inspired script change that was ultimately worked into the film.
Three months' of shooting in the blazing heat in Tunisia had resulted in a terrible bout of dysentery for Harrison Ford. The original scene, as called for in the script, would have required approximately three days to shoot. Not looking forward to another lengthy shoot under that blistering sun, Ford persuaded Spielberg to try the scene this much shorter way. (One could say Ford was given "the runs" of the place.)
Occasionally, some confusion surfaces as to who
As for whose idea it was, according to a 1981 interview with Steven Spielberg:
Ford developed dysentery in the blisteringBarbara "some have a muse; others have dysentery" Mikkelson
Last updated: 17 August 2007
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