If you’ve been following along with us on all things Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, you may know that English character actor Toby Jones will be playing Basil, a sidekick to Indy, in the much-touted prologue set in 1944. Conforming to how Indiana Jones teasers usually play out, it all sounds heavy on the eventfulness:
Jones explains that his concerns going into Indiana Jones were that “you work so incrementally and you work beat by beat, moment by moment with special effects. Twenty seconds might take two weeks to film! I thought I’d be bored out of my mind, but I found the whole thing so fascinating. And in the end, I was so relieved that I had done it.”
He also felt pleased that he’d gotten the opportunity to do some of his own stunts, even though he’d thought a stuntman would some of the more trickier ones.
“All I can tell you is that as time wore on with that film, we came to various action-like moments and I’d think, ‘Well, that’ll be a stuntman thing, and a stuntman will come along for that.’ And days would sort of arrive and they’d go, “Toby, do you want to come on set?’ and I’d come on set like, ’Right, I thought they were doing the stunt, the big thing,’ and he’s sort of like, ‘Yeah, so you’ll walk along here,’ and I kept thinking that at some point someone’s going to tap me and go, ‘But we’ll let the stuntman do that and that,’ and it never happened,” he says, eyes widening.
So when you see Jones “walking along” on June 30th, you can rest assured that he did so without fakery. And if that doesn’t justify an IMAX premium, what does, really?