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Tis The Season For Costumes

Each year, a bunch of the businesses in town open their doors for trick-or-treating. The kids enjoy dressing up, so last year I took the older two round the town center for the candy collection. Participating places put a pumpkin in their window, so parents and kids know which establishments to go in. I think Oldest was a Jedi, and Middlest had a Hello Kitty-themed outfit. I went as Indiana Jones.

We’re planning to take some kids this Friday (a day early, but it’s when the stores are doing it). The appearance of a Darth Vader mask, and my retrieval from the garage of my own Darth Vader voice-changer helmet (IIRC five quid from a charity shop in England) makes it sound like we’ll have two Darth Vaders this year.

Youngest (assuming he goes) and Middlest were fighting over a lion coat (mane on the hood, and a tail dangling down from the back. It fits Youngest better. Middlest’s outfit seems to be sorted out already, she now has the Vader mask, and a black dress. It’s pretty cute. Youngest has been running around the house with the voice-changer helmet today, and he really enjoyed it. It might be difficult for him to not wear it on Friday, to give it up to someone else. There was talk of someone taking him separately. He does like the roaring, though, so he might end up being ok as a lion.

There has been talk of Oldest or even myself wearing the Vader helmet. I suspect Oldest will get it, he has an appropriate black cloak. At one point today, Oldest and Youngest both had Darth headgear. I tried to get Oldest to say “I shall call him Mini-Me”, but of course he is far, far too young for the reference (I checked, and he’s far, far too young for the full trailer to the first Austin Powers movie). He didn’t want to say it in a Doctor Evil voice, but he was ok trying to say it in a Darth Vader voice. Once.

Bit late for all of us to be evil Star Wars characters (“Sith Happens”). Not quite sure what I’ll go as. Oldest has an Iron Man mask. That’d go with Youngest being a lion, wouldn’t it? They’re totally from the same show. (Or I could go as Gomtuu, except no, way too hard.)

Hmm, decisions need to be made. (or, in other words, much begging for ideas). My wizard’s staff got dismantled a while ago, but the stick may suffice on its’ own, and I think I saw the hat recently. That’s a possibility.

We shall see.

Not Recasting Indiana Jones

As I was looking at Facebook last night, there was a news story about a proposed fifth Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford is allegedly getting on a bit (that’s just makeup and prosthetics in the Star Wars: Force Awakens trailer, right?), and apparently some voices were voicing the possibility of recasting the role.

It seems they attempted to set up a potential replacement in the last movie, but The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull didn’t really become a fan favourite (it’s debatable whether it beats out Temple Of Doom to get into Indy fans’ Top 3 Indy Movies list), so we’re unlikely to see “Shia LaBeouf And The Next Indy Franchise” in the near future.

The articles going round quote producer Frank Marshall as saying that the character of Indiana Jones won’t be recast, they won’t do the Bond thing of calling a bunch of different people the same character name.

Yes! they’re going to bring River Phoenix back!

Rats, he’s deceased and unavailable for future projects.

Yes! They’re going to bring George Hall back!

No, wait, he was older than Ford, and is also deceased and unavailable for future projects. And has also been edited out of all the home media releases of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. That’s not fair.

If they were going to bring in someone-who’s-already-played-Indy as a way to cheat around the “no, we’re not recasting it” statement, the obvious choices would be the Young Indiana Joneses (the aforementioned George Hall played “Old Indy” in that show).

Corey Carrier played the younger Young Indy, and might rival Ford for screentime as Indy, at 7 episodes (and 2 TV movies, which were some Young Indy episodes cut together). His acting career seems to not be a focus for him right now, the last thing he was in was in 2000. This needn’t be a bad thing, his comeback could be a “Unknown Actor Found To Play Indy (who happened to already have played Indy)” marketing bonanza.

At 22 episodes (plus re-edited TV movies), though, Sean Patrick Flanery has undoubtedly had the most time playing Indiana Jones on screen. To suggest that this might make him “The” Indiana Jones would be to risk a lynching, but his IMDB page suggests that he’s a very hardworking actor. Whether any of his other roles are iconic enough to make it hard for audiences to accept him as Indy, I don’t know (I suspect not), but he’s probably the best guy to bring back as Indy, while technically accurately claiming the role isn’t being recast.

Other than that, there’s a couple of people who have played Indy as a baby and as a toddler, you probably wouldn’t get away with those, and three people who have played him in videogames. Depending how stuck you were and how much you didn’t use a walkthrough, any of those could qualify as playing Indy for most on-screen time.

And that could solve the “actors aging” problem as well.

As a footnote, the first article I read that mentioned the Frank Marshall comment (where the original reporting of that comment is, I don’t know), said something along the lines of “Not an origin story! Not an origin story!” Didn’t we already have that at the beginning of Last Crusade (the aforementioned River Phoenix) AND the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? I’ll go out on a (pretty judgmental) limb and say they didn’t think that one through very hard.