Harrison Ford has allegedly threatened to walk out of the upcoming fourth “Indiana Jones” film, because new Hollywood safety rules mean he wouldn’t be allowed to use a real whip.
The actor, who is now 64 years old, is rumoured to have been told that the iconic whip would be added in afterwards using CGI effects, and said the situation was ‘ridiculous’.
I think it’s just a sensible precaution really, because these days you can’t expect actors to take unnecessary risks. Indy’s whip has played a large part in the movie series, for example that time Ford was filming in the GIANT PIT OF SNAKES or running from the ENORMOUS ROLLING BOULDER. Who can forget when he was CAREERING DOWN MINE TUNNELS IN A CART, or the dramatic scene in the third installment (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) when he was tracked with cameras while HANGING ONTO THE SIDE OF A MOVING TANK?
And whips are dangerous, if you don’t know what you’re doing. True, Ford provided the whip-cracking sounds on Jimmy Buffet’s song “Desperation Samba” by… skillfully cracking a real whip many times, but that doesn’t prove anything.
So, another victory for today’s litigation culture.
In other news, Bruce Willis is requesting earplugs for the next Die Hard movie (because those guns are like, really loud), Jet Li will be made to put plastic caps on the end of any swords (you could have someone’s eye out with that) and Chuck Norris… actually no, not even the insurance guys would take on Chuck Norris.