Harrison Ford and Karen Allen never auditioned together until they were cast
The chemistry of Harrison Ford and Karen Allen is one of the best parts of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Marion Ravenwood was Indiana Jones’ match and they made a great pair on screen. But it turns out the actors never auditioned together until they were cast. Talk about a vote of confidence from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Harrison Ford and Karen Allen have never been tested together
The Raiders of the Lost Ark turned 40 on June 12. And the cast and production crew came together to give interviews to commemorate the anniversary. In an interview with People, Allen revealed that she didn’t do any scenes with Ford until they were already on set. However, she did screen tests with other actors considered for Indy. Allen said:
“I came out [to L.A.] and I did some tests with Tim Matheson, who had been in Animal house with me. And I did some tests with a New York actor named John Shea, whom I knew a little bit. And they asked me to do the part a few weeks later. Harrison wasn’t even a thought in their mind, because he was Han Solo.
Additionally, the role and project were kept under wraps from Allen until she came to meet him with Spielberg. She said:
âSteven came to New York to meet, not just me, but other actors he wanted to meet for the movie. I didn’t know anything about the movie. They were very secretive about it.â¦ They gave me the scene in the bar, and then I was in love, I fell in love with Marion, and then I really wanted the part.
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Of course, Ford ended up landing the role. And once on set Allen said she was a little intimidated by Ford’s style of work. She said Hollywood journalist:
âThe thing that was difficult for me at the time was that Harrison worked a lot in private. He enjoyed working on his lines and a single scene in the trailer. He didn’t really like playing lines with other actors. At first, I didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t know if I should take it personally. Coming out of the theater, I was so used to working with other actors and throwing lines. So it took me a while to adjust to that. But then we got into a groove with each other. I found it so fascinating.
Allen was free to come up with ideas for Marion while filming Raiders. And unlike Ford in the beginning, the rest of the cast had to work out the changes together. Allen worked with Paul Freeman (Belloq) to change the scene where Marion seduces Belloq to escape. Allen didn’t just want to seduce the man, so she offered to take over the drinking contest from her opening scene and put a knife in her dress.
âIf we really thought that even for a moment, she would really sleep with him to get away from it all, then the love affair between her and Indiana really didn’t have a lot of power,â Allen said rightly.
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Ford, on the other hand, enjoyed working with Allen. He told The Hollywood Reporter that she was exactly like the character, noting that she – like him – preferred to do as many of her own stunts as possible.
âIt’s so much fun working with Karen,â said Ford. âShe is wonderfully funny, inventive and talented. It brings energy to work. It is not difficult in any way. The character she was playing was a very brave character, and she had to be brave to do it.
Indiana Jones 5 is filming while Ford heals from a shoulder injury. The film is slated for release on July 29, 2022, but no news if Marion will return.