The movie starts with a hot-rod barrelling across country, before the rockin' hot-rodders find some tarmac and a US military convoy to drag off while Elvis Presley plays loud and true. It some odd territory for an Indiana Jones film, but given the series has always been about bravura set piece openings, it''s a vivid way to cement the film''s 50s setting in the minds of viewers.
The perks of being one of the world's biggest movie stars include a vast sanctuary in Wyoming and a fleet of private planes. But success for Harrison Ford didn't come right away.
He worked for 15 years before his breakthrough with a small but memorable role in 1973's American Graffiti. He was hired by that movie's director, George Lucas, to help run lines in auditions for the filmmaker's next project: an offbeat space opera called Star Wars.
Lucas ultimately hired Ford for the wisecracking galactic pirate Han Solo, which made the actor a star and ultimately led to Indiana Jones.
Would Ford still be acting if he hadn't done Star Wars? 'Oh yeah', he says. 'I'd been doing it for 15 or so years at that point and had every intention of continuing. I may have been mixing it with another way of making an income — carpentry was the choice at the time.
As an aspiring star Harrison Ford says 'I was sent to the studio barber at Columbia Pictures, they sent me with a picture of Elvis Presley and told me to come back with my hair looking like that'. (USA Today).