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$1.96B Franchise Forced Harrison Ford to Refuse Oscar Winning Steven Spielberg Movie

$1.96B Franchise Forced Harrison Ford to Refuse Oscar Winning Steven Spielberg Movie

Harrison Ford is widely regarded as an American cultural icon due to his contribution to the film industry. He is prominently known for his works in Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises which gave him immense stardom. While he could have starred in several iconic films that would have further escalated his career, there came a time when he had to leave other good opportunities just to stay in a major franchise.

Harrison Ford, American actor
American actor, Harrison Ford

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The actor contributed a lot to giving an exemplary performance by portraying the iconic role of Indiana Jones which began in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark film. However, his very role cost him an Oscar-winning film.

Harrison Ford Was Offered The Leading Role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Winning Movie

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg
Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg

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Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are one of Hollywood’s iconic duo who has impressed fans with their ultimate working relationship. The duo has worked together on several films including their well-acclaimed Indiana Jones series.

With their great teamwork in the film series, the latter decided to approach the Cowboys & Aliens star with a leading role in his 1993 Oscar-winning film, Schindler’s List. 

Ford, however, refused to portray the role of Oskar Schindler as his stardom from his role as Indiana Jones became a major obstacle at the time. He clarified that the movie might have been overshadowed had he accepted the offer to be in the leading role.

He never wanted the audience to focus on his star power rather than the message conveyed by the film which is why he passed on the role. Liam Neeson was eventually cast who was away from stardom at that time. It was a box office success that grossed $322 million worldwide and ended up winning 7 out of 12 Oscar nominations.

Indiana Jones Series is Coming to an End!

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5

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While Ford didn’t take part in that film, his famous film series has continued to grab fans’ attention by kicking off several adventures from the very beginning. Revolving around the titular character, Jones, it has shown how the character took a different approach unlike the other heroes thus making his crazy adventures more memorable.

Not just action sequences, one can witness the immense knowledge the protagonist possess to assist his adventures. The film series has already released four films in its collection with the next being the final installment. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will put an end to this iconic series which is directed by James Mangold.

The film is set to release in the United States on June 30, 2023.

Source: Screenrant

Written by Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she has written over 1000 articles on Animated Times and Fandomwire combined and holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.