Many fans of the adventures of Indiana Jones know it well: it is the dog of George Lucas, screenwriter and producer of the saga, who inspired the name of the famous adventurer archaeologist embodied on the screen by Harrison Ford. But did you know that the names of two other characters from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which aired last night on W9, were also inspired by doggies belonging to members of the production?
“We started looking for cabaret singer Willie Scott”, says Steven Spielberg in the making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. “Willie was my dog’s name. Indy was George’s dog, and Half Moon was Bill and Gloria’s dog. (screenwriters Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, editor’s note). The character played by Jonathan Ke Quan has been dubbed Half Moon. So the three characters have dog names. “
In the end, it is therefore the director, the writers and the producer of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in other words the artistic backbone of the second part of the saga, who used the names of their dogs to baptize the three heroes of the movie. For the record, it should be noted that George Lucas was also inspired by his canine companion Indiana, an Mlong haired alaskan alamute, for the character of … Chewbacca!
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