John Rhys-Davies, who starred alongside Harrison Ford in a number of the Indiana Jones movies, wants a role in the upcoming fifth film in the saga.
The actor played Indy’s ally Sallah in the popular franchise and recently admitted that he’s pretty keen for a reappearance (via Yahoo Movies).
John appeared alongside Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and made the announcement whilst collecting an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television’ award at the BAFTA Cymru Awards.
He’s even got ideas for how Sallah could return, questioning what would have happened to his character.
John said: “I like to think that he would have been somebody like Khaled al-Asaad – that marvellous 80-year-old man who was defending his museum in Palmyra and who hid its major treasures and refused to give them over to ISIS and was beheaded in the town square. I think that’s probably how I would have seen Sallah.”
He added: “I’d love to have one last crack at Sallah. But I understand if time has just moved on – it would be sad.”
Sallah helped Indiana Jones on his various adventures – including aiding him on his quest to find the Ark of the Covenant in first movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. He was also along for the ride to support his search for the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in the series’ third instalment.
The actor was slightly mournful at how the world has changed, saying: “Sallah is the last Arab in popular, contemporary culture, that we regard as a hero. The world has changed, and that’s a tragedy for the West and for the Arab world.”
“Perhaps there is no place for a Sallah anymore… Although I trust that my mention of Khaled al-Asaad just reminds people that they are not all iconoclasts and that there are heroes there – real heroes, too.”
John previously told Digital Spy that he wants in on the fifth Indiana Jones movie which is currently in development.
He told us: “Every time I see Spielberg, I say to him, ‘Steven – the really successful films are the first and the third, but there seems to be something missing from two and four… I wonder what it is?’ and he laughs!”
We nearly got a glimpse of Sallah in the fourth film, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but John actually turned it down because his character would have been relegated to a cameo appearance.
“I was asked to be in the last one, but they wanted me to do a bit of green-screen – walk in, sit down and clap – and they were going to cut that into the wedding scene at the end,” he explained.
“I turned it down because it seemed to me that that would be a bit of a betrayal of the audience’s expectations. Sallah is a popular character – there’s a greatness of soul about him that we all love and admire.”
Indiana Jones 5 is currently in development, with Steven Spielberg set to return as director working from a script by David Koepp.