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Movie Urban Legends

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)

Legend: Harrison Ford wrote his own ending to a lengthy fight scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” thanks to a horrible bout of dysentery.

True or False?: This legend is TRUE.

The cast and crew of 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” endured blistering heat during a six-week shoot in Tunisia. Towards the end of production, star Harrison Ford developed a particularly uncomfortable case of dysentery and was more than ready to wrap on the film.

After reading a three-page fight scene in his script, Ford decided to take matters into his own hands. "Let's just shoot the [expletive]," the actor suggested to director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg agreed to scrap the rest of the scene and Ford quickly shot down the swordsman. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Lucasfilm/Paramount)

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