20 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones is one of the great action heroes of a generation, following in the footsteps of other iconic characters like Zorro and The Man with No Name. His first movie, adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark, became an international sensation and captured imaginations worldwide when it was released in 1981. Not only that, but the hotly anticipated sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom helped to spawn a whole empire, including films, books and video games.

The question of whether Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is one of the better Indiana Jones films might still be debated today, but there’s no denying the behind-the-scenes details of this cursed production are absolutely fascinating. So let’s take a look back at Indie’s adventure in India with some facts about Temple of Doom that you probably never knew. Watch out for traps, and don’t forget your hat!


20. Kate Capshaw’s beaded dress was eaten by an elephant

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Making a movie is an expensive business. Everything costs money, from feeding the cast and crew to adding digital effects during the post-production stage, to paying the actors for their time on set.

Films being so costly to make means that it is important to track where the budget is going, by fastidiously recording every expense that comes along. It also means that everything is insured so that the most money possible can be recouped if anything goes wrong.

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One of the most prized items on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was Kate Capshaw’s red and gold beaded dress, which she wears while performing on stage and in subsequent action scenes.

The dress was hand-beaded and used authentic glass beads from the 20s and 30s, which were quite difficult to source and fairly expensive, so only one dress was made. Given that Capshaw only had to sing in it and not move around much, it was expected to last all the way through production. Unfortunately, that was not to be.

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During a scene where Capshaw’s character Willie Scott removes her dress, the garment was temporarily hung over a tree branch. Then, in a twist that sounds more like it should have been in the movie than in real life, it attracted the attention of the elephant on set.

The elephant chewed up and significantly damaged the dress, and so the costume department had to file an insurance claim that said: “eaten by an elephant”. No doubt the insurance people got a chuckle in their office when they read it.

19. Lawrence Kasdan refused to work on the film

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When you think of Indiana Jones, Lawrence Kasdan is no doubt one of the first names you think of. After all, Kasdan wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, so the franchise would not exist without him.

Despite being so instrumental to the creation of the first film, and being a close friend of both the first movie’s director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas, Kasdan declined to be involved with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in any way.

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The reason why Lawrence Kasdan declined to be involved with the project is simple: he thought that it was too dark. Upon hearing the concept that Lucas and Spielberg had developed for the movie, which originally was going to be called Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death, Kasdan knew that he didn’t want his name attached to the film.

Speaking about the movie in retrospect, Kasdan said in an interview: “I just thought it was horrible. It’s so mean.”

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As if that wasn’t a strong enough condemnation of the second instalment of Indiana Jones, Kasdan went on to say: “There’s nothing pleasant about it. I think Temple of Doom represents a chaotic period in both their lives, and the movie is very ugly and mean-spirited.”

Even after the production of Temple of Doom was over, Kasdan never picked up his pen to write another instalment of Indiana Jones, so it’s possible that the second movie soured him on the character. Kasdan did work on more George Lucas properties however, most recently on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

18. Harrison Ford was badly injured during shooting

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Being an actor is hardly the most hazardous profession out there, but that doesn’t mean that it’s completely free of risk. Especially if you’re an actor who gravitates towards action movies including lots of stunt work, accidents do happen.

Harrison Ford specifically had a gruelling time on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, due to the fact that he was badly injured during production. His maladies started small, but slowly increased to the point that he was showing up to work every day in agony.

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Harrison Ford’s first injury onset was whimsical enough to almost be funny, as he aggravated a disc in his back whilst riding on an elephant. Ford noticed, but dismissed the pain as minor and continued showing up to work without telling anybody.

However, later in the production when scenes were being filmed in London, Ford slipped the disc he had already been struggling with, when he fell backwards into a stuntman during an ambush scene.

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Immediately in agony, Harrison Ford was out of commission for a number of days, as he had to be transported to the US for emergency surgery. Not only that, but Ford then had to spend weeks recovering from the surgery and waiting, as the physical demands on him as a leading man and action star were high.

Unsurprisingly, production shut down as soon as Ford went to the hospital, partly because the star of the film was unavailable and partly for insurance reasons. However, Spielberg was eager to get going, and so he restarted production and shot around Ford, using his stunt double Vic Armstrong.

17. The film led to the creation of the PG-13 rating

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Like a number of Steven Spielberg’s other projects, the Indiana Jones movies are remembered as nostalgic family films as well as upbeat action flicks. With that said, just like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has a number of truly terrifying scenes, which are forgotten due to the franchise’s feel-good reputation.

Even by the standards set by the previous Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as later instalments in the series, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has some seriously violent and scary sequences. So much so that the film actually led to the invention of the PG-13 rating.

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When Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released, it was marketed heavily towards families, just as the first film in the series had been. Unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark though, Temple of Doom featured scenes of a still-beating heart being pulled from a living man’s chest.

It didn’t take long for parents to complain that a film with so much violence should never have been given a PG rating in the first place. Unfortunately, the only other option seemed to be to give the film an R rating, which would completely cripple ticket sales and change the series’ core demographic.

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In order to mitigate the controversy that was springing up around his film, Steven Spielberg wrote personally to the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, suggesting the creation of a PG-13, R-13 or PG-2 rating for in-between films such as his own.

The MPAA agreed, and the first-ever PG-13 rating was given out soon after, to the John Milius movie Red Dawn. Which, incidentally, doesn’t feature anybody’s beating heart being pulled out of their chest.

16. Kate Capshaw was really covered in 2000 bugs

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It just wouldn’t be an Indiana Jones film without copious amounts of scary animals of some description, whether they have far too many legs or no legs at all. Wanting to up the terror from the 10,000 snakes scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg decided that bugs were the way to go from the sequel.

Allegedly, Kate Capshaw was allowed to weigh in on what kind of creatures she wanted to deal with in the obligatory scene early in production, and she said that she was far less afraid of bugs than snakes. Unfortunately, her mind soon changed when it came time to shoot.

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For the scene where Indy, Willie and Short Round stumble onto a cavern of insects on their way to the Temple of Doom, Spielberg needed a whopping 50,000 cockroaches and 30,000 beatles, which absolutely no-one on set wanted to deal with.

As producer Frank Marshall later admitted, there were too many bugs to effectively corral, and so they constantly found their way to other parts of the set, such as the tap-dancing stage where actresses were rehearsing their dance scene.

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When it came time for Kate Capshaw to actually be covered in the bugs, she was so afraid that she excused herself to take a valium before it was time to shoot, just so she could calm down enough to actually go through with the scene.

Speaking about having the bugs on set much later on, Marshall said: “You can arrange a pile of snakes. That’s impossible with bugs. People were also much more scared of the insects.” It sounds like everyone on the cast and crew would have been much happier dealing with snakes instead.

15. The crew were banned from filming in India

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When it comes to creating a believable story on film, locations are one of the most important tools you have at your disposal. Producer Robert Watts and production designer Elliott Scott knew this, which is why they travelled to India to scout locations in person.

After doing extensive research, they decided that the Maharajah’s palace exteriors should be shot at the Amer Fort palace near Maota Lake, and the interiors should be shot at the City Palace in Jaipur. Both locations were perfect and had the authenticity the film needed.

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Unfortunately though, the pre-production location scouting soon hit a snag, as the local government banned the film from shooting at any of the locations the producers had picked. The reason was simple: after seeing the script, the government decided that Temple of Doom was offensive to Indian culture.

Desperate to keep the movie in India, the producers initially made a deal with the government. This deal involved changing all the named locations in the script to principalities on the border of India, and removing any usage of the word maharajah.

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Everything was set to go ahead as planned, until the local government asked for approval on the final cut of the movie, so that they could remove anything they found objectionable and offensive. This was enough to make Watts and Scott walk away from the deal.

Having to start all over, they decided to shoot all the exteriors in Kandy, a city in Sri Lanka. As for the Maharajah’s palace, it was created and shot on the Paramount backlot, and expanded using matte paintings.

14. Steven Spielberg was terrified of the rope bridge

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The rope bridge scene is one of the most iconic moments in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and for the most part it’s real, despite technically being shot on three continents.

The scene where the broken bridge is hanging down with everyone clinging to it was shot at Elstree Studios in London, while the alligators seen waiting in the water were shot by Frank Marshall in Florida, but the bridge itself was filmed on location in Sri Lanka.

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In a stoke of real luck, near where the production was shooting in Kandy, a British engineering company had been employed to build a dam. As a result, they were also available to quickly build an authentic-looking rope bridge for the film.

The bridge was completely structurally sound and entirely usable, so most of the cast did use it as a way to quickly travel between disparate parts of the set. Then, when it was time to shoot the bridge being cut, the engineers helped design industrial-strength bolt cutters with a hidden explosive charge.

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Despite the fact that the bridge was brand new and had been designed and built by engineering experts, some members of the crew were not comfortable using it. Specifically, Steven Spielberg himself would drive around the cliff to work every day, rather than simply walk across the bridge.

Using the bridge would have made for a much quicker and shorter commute, but Spielberg was simply too afraid of heights to try it. By contrast, Harrison Ford loved running across the bridge at full speed, and showed absolutely no fear filming on top of it.

13. The monkey brains did not taste as bad as they looked

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There have been plenty of gross moments in the Indiana Jones franchise, from the aforementioned bugs to Walter Donovan’s horrific rapid ageing in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Undoubtedly though, Willie eating monkey brains is one of the worst.

The scene is pretty hard to watch, as Kate Capshaw stirs up the pink soup and reveals eyeballs are bobbing around in there. As if that isn’t bad enough, she then has to try and eat the eyeballs, in order to not look rude.

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The good news is, despite the meal looking absolutely disgusting on film, the reality of the grisly food was actually far more pleasant. In fact, the actors probably would have kept on eating the monkey brains for as long as they needed to.

The gross-looking brain soup is actually just custard, which had been mixed with raspberry sauce in order to give it an unappetising pink colour. It looks awful, but in real life, it probably tasted pretty good.

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Unfortunately for Kate Capshaw, the eyeballs weren’t made of white chocolate or some other kind of delicious treat. They were just ordinary props made of non-edible materials, which she obviously couldn’t ingest.

The eyeballs were actually tacked to the bottom of the bowl at the beginning of each take, so that Capshaw could stir up the liquid and release them on cue. This allowed them to bob disgustingly to the surface, making an already gross scene even worse.

12. Barbara Streisand and Carrie Fisher pranked Harrison Ford on set

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You’ve probably heard that actors get up to all sorts of hijinks on a set when the cameras aren’t rolling: playing pranks on each other, partying late into the night, and even swiping props to take home with them and keep as a memento.

With that said, you probably haven’t heard of any stories as bizarre and unbelievable as what went down on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which involved film, theatre and music star Barbra Streisand donning a very unique outfit.

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The prank occurred while Harrison Ford was busy shooting a pretty vulnerable scene, in which he had been captured, chained up and was being whipped.

The story goes that stage and screen legend Barbra Streisand had been shooting nearby, and just happened to have a tight leather outfit on hand. She slyly got changed on the Paramount backlot and then snuck onto the set to surprise Ford.

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So Harrison Ford’s vulnerable and intense whipping scene was turned immediately comedic, when Barbra Streisand emerged on set and took over, whipping Ford herself while Steven Spielberg filmed.

As if that whole situation isn’t already scandalous enough, Carrie Fisher was also around on-set that day and watched the whole thing gleefully. Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, was also in attendance, making it a proper Star Wars reunion.

11. The whole cast came to work one day with a black eye

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Out of everybody working on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, there’s no doubt about who got the most injured, as that prize obviously goes to Harrison Ford.

However, Ford was not the only one to get into some trouble while shooting an action sequence on the film, as Kate Capshaw also ran into trouble when it came time to shoot the mine car chase.

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The minecart chase was one of the most troublesome parts of the movie, and had been even before production on the movie had started. It was originally supposed to be part of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but was cut from the script for time and recycled for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Even when it came time to shoot, most of the scene had to be done with minatures, and some very low tech solutions were used to get the shots. For example, Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Mauren had to rig a Nikon still camera with video film and a motor and set it up behind models of the characters, in order to make it look like the cart was whizzing past.

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Given the nature of the scene, almost none of it was shot with real live actors, aside from select close-ups and the beginning and end of the chase. Nevertheless, Kate Capshaw still managed to get hurt, as she slammed into the front of the mine cart as it stopped, and got a black eye.

Capshaw was known for being lovely to the cast and crew, and so the next day the crew decided to cheer her up. As a show of solidarity, they all showed up with a smudge of black make-up under their eye, in order to echo her unfortunate injury.

10. Numerous character names were taken from the crew’s dogs

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If you’ve ever thought that the character names in the Indiana Jones franchise seem like weird choices for human characters, then you would actually be completely right.

As a kind of franchise-long running joke, numerous characters in the Indiana Jones series have been named after the dogs owned by various members of the crew, including Indy himself.

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The name of the titular Indiana Jones actually came from George Lucas’ dog Indiana, an Alaskan Malamute that he owned in the 70s. Incidentally, the dog was also the inspiration for Chewbacca, so he managed to inspire parts of not just one major franchise, but two!

As for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Short Round was the name of screenwriter Willard Huyck’s dog, who was in turn named after the orphan in the 1951 war drama The Steel Helmet.

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Maybe the strangest example is Kate Capshaw’s character in the film being called Willie Scott, a name that almost seems entirely not fitting for a glamourous American singer and actress.

The name Willie Scott came from Steven Spielberg’s dog Willie, a cocker spaniel that he owned at the time. It is unclear whether the actors were thrilled that they were essentially playing anthropomorphised versions of the crew’s pets, or if they found it odd as well.

9. J.D. Nanayakkara couldn’t speak a word of English

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J.D Nanayakkara was not a member of the core cast, but his performance as the shaman Marhan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is one of the more memorable parts of the movie.

His convincingly wise performance as a man who sees Indiana Jones’ coming in a prophetic dream, is made even more impressive by the fact that Nanayakkara was not actually an actor by trade at all, and didn’t even speak English.

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J. D. Nanayakkara spoke only Sinhalese, and so he had no way to learn his lines from an English script. As a result, he had to come up with another way to play his part, which did not involve memorising his lines in any way.

The workaround they came up with was to have Steven Spielberg say the lines to Nanayakkara, and then have Nanayakkara repeat the sounds back on film. As it turned out, Nanayakkara was an excellent mimic, and so all the lines were said perfectly.

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Not only did Nanayakkara repeat the lines back with the same inflexions and emphasis that Spielberg had used, but he also copied Spielberg’s movements while speaking exactly.

The gesture that Nanayakkara makes with his hand over his eye was even a direct copy of what Spielberg had done while saying the lines to Nanayakkara. The final performance was so excellent, that you would never know that Nanayakkara was just mimicking.

8. The Lao Che Air Freight plane was famously terrible

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The plane that Indy, Short Round and Willie use to escape Shanghai is said to belong to the Lao Che Air Freight, Lao Che being the Chinese crime lord who attempts to kill Indiana Jones multiple times. As far as the plane itself goes though, it could not be more American.

The plane that aids the trio in their escape is actually a Ford Trimotor 5-AT-B, which is the one and only attempt Ford ever made at making planes rather than cars.

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The Trimotor was produced in 1929, and by all accounts was not a very good plane, as Ford abandoned the idea of expanding into plane manufacture shortly after developing it.

The ramshackle vehicle did at least have a cutesy nickname though, as it was called The Tin Goose by the pilots that were assigned to fly in it.

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The Tin Goose nickname was in reference to the fact that the first cars made by Ford, the famous Model Ts, were nicknamed Tin Lizzies.

Hopefully, the goose nickname was not given to the plane because of any goose-like qualities, such as being temperamental, prone to violent outbursts, or just generally disagreeable.

7. The actor who played Short Round was discovered by accident

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Of all the new characters that had to be cast for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Short Round posed the most challenges. It was difficult to find a child actor with the right attitude and qualities, and so the casting agents decided to do an open call audition.

An open casting call was set up at an elementary school in Los Angeles, and dozens of actors showed up to try out for the part. Among them was Ke Huy Quan, the actor who eventually got the part… but he wasn’t there to audition.

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Quan was actually just tagging along with his mother and older brother, since it was his older brother who wanted to audition for the role. During his screen test though, the casting team noticed that the older brother was constantly receiving notes, instructions and advice from the younger Quan.

The casting director immediately asked him to do a screen test, which led to an audition with Spielberg himself. When it was explained that Quan couldn’t read English very well, Spielberg even disregarded the script on the spot and asked him to improvise with Ford instead.

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Quan turned out to be perfect for the part, even if he had never heard of Indiana Jones or seen any of the movies. Spielberg later said: “I just loved [Quan’s] personality. I thought he was like a 50-year-old man trapped in a 12-year-old’s body.”

After his breakout role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ke Huy Quan went on to see more major success, as he played Data in 1985’s The Goonies, another film in which his character faced serious peril.

6. There are numerous Star Wars Easter Eggs

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Though George Lucas worked as an executive producer and co-writer on all of the Indiana Jones films, he is obviously best known for helming another mega-blockbuster franchise: Star Wars.

Therefore, it is unsurprising that every instalment of Indiana Jones has snuck in a few references to a galaxy from a long time ago that’s far, far away.

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Compared to the rest of the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is actually pretty restrained, as it only has one reference to the Star Wars universe, and it’s pretty easy to spot.

Near the beginning of the film, Indy, Short Round and Willie have just escaped a nightclub in Shanghai, which we don’t know the name of until their speeding car rushes past the outside of the club. If you look closely, you can see that the nightclub that caused them so much trouble is called Club Obi Wan.

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In contrast to Temple of Doom, Raiders of the Lost Ark is absolutely full of Star Wars Easter Eggs. Right at the beginning of the film, Indy escapes the infamous rolling boulder and makes a getaway via his plane. The plane’s serial number is OB-CPO, in a sly nod to Obi Wan and C-3PO.

Later, when it comes time for Indy and Sallah to remove the lid of the sarcophagus, you can see a wall of hieroglyphics behind them. One image should stand out in particular, as it shows Princess Leia inserting the Death Star plans into R2-D2.

5. Amrish Puri was the busiest actor on set

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Amrish Puri played Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a high priest and leader of the Thuggee cult that is dedicated to his goddess Kali Ma, and wishes to see all other religions eradicated on Earth.

Mola Ram is a formidable foe and has a powerful on-screen presence, which is impressive when you realise that most of his scenes were shot in small chunks, due to how busy Amrish Puri was over the course of the production.

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Despite being relatively unknown in the US, Amrish Puri was one of the most famous Indian actors on the planet at the time the movie was shot. He was a huge Bollywood star, who worked on over 300 film and television projects over the course of his career.

You don’t rack up numbers of credits like that without being super busy, which explains why Puri had very limited time to work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and had to shoot his scenes very quickly.

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Puri was working on 18 other films at the same as he was shooting Indiana Jones, and he was such a consummate professional that even Spielberg didn’t mind that he was way more than triple booked.

Speaking about Amrish Puri’s performance later on, Spielberg said: “Amrish is my favourite villain—the best the world has ever produced and ever will!”

4. Kate Capshaw hated her character in the film

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Overall, it doesn’t seem like many people had fun on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Amrish Puri couldn’t stick around for a second longer than he absolutely had to, bugs were running rampant in the spaces reserved for dance rehearsals, and Harrison Ford had to take a break from the set in order to get and recover from spine surgery.

Compared to that, it might seem like Kate Capshaw had it easy in the role of the love interest Willie Scott. However, it’s fair to say that she didn’t have a fun time filming the movie either.

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When she was first approached about the part, Capshaw flat out refused to consider appearing in the film, on account of the fact that it was a large blockbuster action flick, and she wanted to focus on art-house movies and independent projects.

Eventually though, Capshaw’s agent convinced her of the benefits of appearing in the film: mainly that she could show off her significant singing and dancing skills in the musical opening number, which required her to sing the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes in Mandarin.

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Capshaw agreed to play Willie Scott and spent months rehearsing the tap routine that went along with the song, only to be told that the dancing was to be scrapped because the sequin dress she had to wear was much too tight to dance in.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Capshaw was also required to dye her naturally brown hair blonde for the part, and consent to be covered in live bugs for a scene. She later said of the character of Willie Scott: “She’s not much more than a dumb screaming blonde”.

3. It is George Lucas’ least favourite Indiana Jones film

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Given that Lawrence Kasdan declined to be involved on the basis of the film’s meanness, Harrison Ford got injured and Kate Capshaw disliked her character, it would be fair to say that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s enthusiasm and love for the project are what drove the film on through production.

That might have been true at the time, but in retrospect, both Lucas and Spielberg have distanced themselves from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, calling it their least-favourite Indiana Jones film as well as one of their more regrettable films overall.

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Lucas explained his and Spielberg’s intentions for the film in a retrospective interview for Empire, saying: “Part of it was I was going through a divorce, Steven had just broken up and we were not in a good mood, so we decided on something a little more edgy.”

Lucas specifically said he wanted to skew towards a darker tone for the Indiana Jones sequel, in order to echo the fact that his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, also took a turn into sadder themes and subject matter as a second instalment.

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Choosing to increase the violence and downplay the fun adventure aspects of the film was definitely a conscious choice on the part of both Spielberg and Lucas, but it was also one that they came to regret somewhat when the dust settled years later.

Lucas went on to say of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: “Once we got out of our bad moods, which went on for a year or two, we kind of looked at it and went, ‘Mmmmm, we certainly took it to the extreme.’ But that’s kind of what we wanted to do, for better or worse.”

2. The parachute sequence was shot in one take

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Action and adventure movies often have unbelievable sequences that make you wonder: would that even work in real life? Throughout the Indiana Jones franchise, there are several examples of this, right from Indy escaping a huge rolling boulder by swinging on a vine.

By far the most extreme example in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the rubber dinghy that magically acts as a parachute on command, seemingly disobeying all relevant laws of physics, gravity and aerodynamics.

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Many sceptics, and even Indiana Jones fans, have spent years arguing that you could never survive a fall from a plane in a life raft, and they were right to do so. Mythbusters even proved it, with three attempts to recreate the sequence showing that the people in the raft invariably died.

With that said, even if the scenario is not realistic, the stunt itself was pulled off practically, and in one take no less. A self-inflating weighted raft had to be specifically designed, but once it was everything else went off without a hitch.

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The prop raft was thrown out of a plane with three dummies of the characters in it, and it automatically unfolded properly, inflated perfectly, and then fell down exactly as it was supposed to the very first time. It was so unexpected, and so perfect, that the entire crew was stunned.

Speaking about the stunt later, second unit director Frank Marshall said: “We didn’t have monitors or playback or anything. I said, ‘I think we got it.’ I looked at the three or four cameramen and they went (thumbs up). I said, ‘We’re done!’”

1. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw struck up a romance during production

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It’s pretty well documented that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom wasn’t really anyone’s favourite film to work on, but there was a silver lining to completing the project, at least for Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw.

Over the course of the movie, Spielberg and Capshaw got very close, and their friendship proved enough of a foundation for them to begin dating, which they did a scant two years later.

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Steven Spielberg was in the middle of a messy break-up and divorce from wife and actress Amy Irving while Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was being shot, and even when Capshaw and Spielberg started dating two years later the divorce proceedings were still going on.

That meant that, despite the fact that their marriage was very much only on paper at that point, Capshaw was slandered by the press for breaking up Spielberg and Irving’s perfect marriage. In the end, Spielberg and Irving’s divorce was the third most expensive one in Hollywood history.

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Since the pair got married in 1991 though, Spielberg and Capshaw have appeared to have the perfect marriage. So it’s a good job that she auditioned for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, despite not wanting to be in it in the first place.