Re: Indiana Jones and Zorro, similarities

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Posted by Laurie Jensen from on September 28, 1998 at 18:07:02:

In Reply to: Indiana Jones and Zorro, similarities posted by Jonathan Jones on September 28, 1998 at 14:56:11:

: Several weeks ago I was watching an A&E Biography on Zorro and the old Zorro movies. In one of them, Zorro went under a carriage the same way Indy did, and also used the whip for many of the same things Indy used it for. Was this the inspiration for Indy's whip? Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
: Regards,
: Jonathan Jones

Lucas has been pretty upfront about how Zorro was one of the influences for Indy's whip. Another inspiration was cowboy movie serial star Lash LaRue, who also used a bullwhip in his adventures. The stunt you're talking about was copied, in tribute, from the Zorro flick and the John Ford western classic Stagecoach, where the stunt was first performed. The man who did these stunts, Yakima Kanut, is considered the father of modern day movie stuntmen, and he pioneered many of the techniques still in use today. All this stuff is shown in the 1981 documentary, "Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark", but this tape is hard to come by, since it is long out of circulation.

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