We’ve all heard the legend — that the seminal scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana Jones simply shoots a skilled swordsman after an elaborate display of skill, was improvised after Harrison Ford got tired trying to shoot the action sequence. I imagine it’s more or less true, although the footage of the scene in the movie was obviously staged (since otherwise how would the swordsman have known to fall down and the crowd run?). Anyways, EW somehow found the actual intended action sequence… and it kinda sucks. The version we got was a million times better. I don’t know what conclusions about filmmaking, the collaborative process, and/or willingness to revise your work that we can draw from this, but I think we can all agree that someone needs to shoot the Indiana Jones franchise in the same manner. Much like it did in Raiders, it’ll save a lot of time, effort, and make everyone happier in the long run anyways.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.