John Hurt Speaks on Role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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John Hurt is a veteran actor who portrays Abner Ravenwood, Indiana Jones' mentor in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

He recently talked about the movie with

What keeps you interested in working in films? It seems you're busier now than you've ever been.
Thank god. I love working, so I'm very pleased about that. I always try to stay true to my reasons for doing a film, which are basically that it should stand the chance of succeeding on the level that is intended to succeed on.

John Hurt

How did you get involved in the new Indiana Jones movie?
I was invited to do it. I'd never met Steven Spielberg before, and he called me out of the blue. I almost felt like saying, "Oh yeah, Steven Spielberg… uh-huh." Anyway, we had a chat and he said, "Do you want to come make a film for me?" I said, "Well, that sounds very inviting." "In Peru…" I said, "In Peru! Yes, that sounds extremely inviting."

We looked into it and there were various things about it â€" like the time I had to be on set â€" where I thought, "No, this isn't going to work out." But then I was advised by everybody that it'd be a good thing to do. And I did enjoy it. I mean, look, talk about standing the chance of succeeding on the level that it's intended to succeed…

Not many actors would have thought twice, as it sounds like you did, about accepting a role in an Indiana Jones adventure…
I want to be careful here, because I don't want to make it sound as if I'm anti- the film â€" I'm not at all. But if I was asked what I would choose to do, it would be lightweight for me, at least for that sort of time commitment. But having accepted it, I enjoyed working with Steven hugely, and we had a great cast. I just wish we'd had something of fabulous interest between each other to act!

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Quotes

Indiana Jones: You're not from around here, are you?
Agent Irina Spalko: And 'vere' do you think I am from?
Indiana Jones: Well, judging by the way you're sinking your teeth into those 'wubble-yous', I'd say Eastern Ukraine.

Mutt Williams: I don't understand. Why the legend about the city of gold?
Indiana Jones: Well, the word for 'gold' translates as 'treasure.' But their treasure wasn't gold, it was knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure.